On Wednesday it was announced that Steve Jobs – the ex-CEO, figure head, and co-founder of Apple, and a visionary and an idol to many – had died. Steve Jobs was an innovative and creative powerhouse that changed the way countless of us live our daily lives.
But his passing did not come as a surprise. Steve Jobs had not been looking well of late, and photographs taken of the hi-tech mastermind after he stepped down as acting CEO of Apple sent speculation that he wasn’t just looking at closing the books on his job but that his life itself was in it’s last days.
So what happened and what did Apple have to say about the death of the man behind the iPhone, IPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes?
Back in 2004 he was diagnosed and beat a rare form of pancreatic cancer, but he fell ill again and in 2009 he had to get a liver transplant. On August 24th of this year he officially stepped down, looking thin, gaunt and frail. He reportedly “died peacefully” at home surrounded by family. His family released a statement saying: “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.” The statement ended with, “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.”
And although many believed his life was coming to a close, it still came as quite a blow to his family and also to the company he had such an impact on – Apple.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” Apple’s board of directors said in a 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. 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.”
The Apple website landing page is now a tribute to Job with a message saying: “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.”
Steve Jobs has had an immeasurable impact on the way we work, communicate and play. The iPhone completely changed how we interact with cellphones, iPad reinvented the tablet computer in it’s most successful configuration, and iTunes totally changed the music industry forever and as I write this, on my MacBook Pro, I for one, must thank the man for his innovations.
Our thoughts go out to his wife Laurene Powell, his three children with Laurene (Reed Paul, Erin Sienna and Eve), and the child he had with his high school sweetheart (Lisa Brennan Jobs) and all his friends and co-workers.
“No one wants to die,” Steve Job said in a commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005. “And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.”