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Steve Jobs is dead
Steve Jobs is dead. He passed away on 5th October 2011, aged 56 after suffering from a long-term illness.
As co-founder and former CEO of Apple, Jobs helped to create what it now one of the very largest technology companies in the world. Although in recent years Apple has sometimes been controversial, there can be no doubt that Jobs turned technology on its head and brought a great deal of competition, innovation and joy to the market.
Apple CEO Tim Cook sent the following message to Apple employees:
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
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.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
The board of directors offered this following short statement:
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.
Our view is that Jobs influence on the technology world has been profound, even if you don't use anything made by Apple. The very existence of platforms such as Android and even Microsoft Windows is due in part to the competition that Apple brought to the marketplace. We will miss Job's charisma and wry sense of humour, but his influence will remain all around us for a very long time to come.
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