Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple and the man responsible for numerous technology innovations that shape our lives on a daily basis, has passed away.
He was 56.
Jobs announced in 2004 that he suffered from a rare form of pancreatic cancer and had a tumor removed later that year, but he continued to deal with a number of health problems since then.
In 2009, after stating his “health-related issues were more complex than I thought,” Jobs underwent a liver transplant. Less than two months ago, he resigned as CEO of Apple, telling the public he could no longer meet the “duties and expectations” for himself in that position.
Apple – which released its latest iPhone model this week – released a statement soon after Jobs passed away. It reads: “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.”
Our thoughts go out to Jobs’ family and loved ones.