Apple co-founder and chairman, Steve Jobs, died today (October 5) after a long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He was 56.
Jobs is best known as the mind behind some of the worlds most revolutionary gadgets including the Apple Mac Computer, the iPod and the iPhone.
Steve Jobs is not just a computer genius, but a revolutionary force in the music and film industry through his various gadgets and distribution channels including iTunes.
Jobs along with fellow college dropout Steve Wozniak, built the first Apple computers from the Jobs’ family garage in 1977.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” Apple said in a brief statement. “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.”
Jobs died “peacefully” and surrounded by his family,” his family said in a statement. “We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”
Jobs and Wozniak introduced the Apple II computer in 1977 and took their company public in 1980, an event that made Jobs a multimillionaire paving the way for him to eventually conquered the entertainment industry.
Jobs turned Pixar into what is arguably the most consistent film studio in history and by becoming the largest shareholder of Disney, the industry’s most iconic company.
Worth an estimated $8.3 billion, Jobs is survived by his wife Laurene Powell and their children Reed Paul, Erin Sienna and Eve, as well as daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, from a previous relationship.
The family states that a website will be set up to allow people offer their condolences and tributes.
R.I.P Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs introducing the first iPhone at McWorld 2007