Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tribute to Steve Jobs

Jobs died at his home on October 5, 2011, due to complications from a rare form of pancreatic cancer.
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts."
Jobs' death was announced by Apple in a statement which read:
Jobs' family released a statement saying that he had "died peacefully".
Also since October 5, 2011, Apple's corporate website greeted visitors with a simple page showing Jobs' name and lifespan next to his grayscale portrait. Clicking on Jobs' image led to an obituary that read "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple." An email address was also posted for the public to share their memories, condolences, and thoughts.

Jobs is survived by his wife, Laurene, to whom he was married for 20 years; their three children, Reed (born 1991), Erin (born 1995), and Eve (born 1998); and by Lisa Brennan-Jobs, his daughter from a previous relationship.
Statements reacting to Jobs' death were released by several notable people, including U.S. President Barack Obama, Microsoft founderBill Gates, and The Walt Disney Company's Bob Iger. Wired News collected reactions and posted them in tribute on their homepage.Other statements of condolences were issued by the likes of Steven Spielberg, Steve Wozniak, and George Lucas.
At the time of his resignation, and again after his death, he was widely described as a visionary, pioneer and genius —perhaps one of the foremost— in the field of business, innovation,and product design, and a man who had profoundly changed the face of the modern world, revolutionized at least six different industries, and who was an "exemplar for all chief executives". His death was widely mourned and considered a loss to the world by commentators across the globe.
A small private funeral was held on October 7, 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal.