Twitter (And The World) Mourns The Death Of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder, inventor, entrepreneur, visionary and cultural icon, has died aged 56.

His death was announced by Apple in a statement.

“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.”

The Apple website has been updated with this iconic image of jobs and their message.

A further statement from Apple read:

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.

Jobs’ family have also made a statement:

Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his 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.

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent this email to Apple employees.

Team,

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 rememberingsteve@apple.com.

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.

Tim

While the cause of his death is unconfirmed, Jobs, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer since 2003 and had a liver transplant in 2009, had been in poor health for some time.

Tributes to Jobs began to surface immediately on the news of his passing, with thousands of  sympathetic messages appearing on Twitter from fans, celebrities, politicians and Jobs’ peers in the tech world. The reaction was so large that both Twitter.com and the Twitter API went down for about 30 minutes.

Currently five of Twitter’s top ten global trending topics are related to Jobs.

In a statement, President Barack Obama said:

“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the Internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun.