Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs dies of cancer at 56

by Sanju 2011-10-06 11:41:25

Steve Jobs

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Steven Paul Jobs was an American computer entrepreneur and inventor. He was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs also previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney. He was credited in Toy Story (1995) as an executive producer.

Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs died on Wednesday(Oct 5). He was 56 years old. He had been battling cancer and other health issues for several years and had a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Apple announced his death late on Wednesday night without giving a specific cause.

The Silicon Valley icon, who gave the world the iPod and the iPhone, resigned as CEO of the world's largest technology corporation in August this year, handing the reins to current chief executive Tim Cook.



The announcement of his death was made by Apple on Wednesday night. The company issued a brief statement saying, "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," the company said in a brief statement.

Later, Jobs’ family issued a statement saying that the Apple founder died peacefully surrounded by the family.

"In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve's illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories. 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," the statement said.

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