Steve Jobs dead at 56

Steve Jobs Dead

Steve Jobs, the iconic co-founder and former chief executive officer of Apple Inc., died on Wednesday after a years-long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer and other health issues. He was 56.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” said a statement posted on the Cupertino-based company’s official website. “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.”

Jobs founded Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976 when he was just 21. Eight years later, the Macintosh computer was born. In 1985, Jobs left the firm after falling out with colleagues, only to return in 1996 and begin Apple’s transformation by launching the iMac. Under his leadership, Apple developed the iPod in 2001, and released the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010. He also ran Pixar Animation Studios for almost two decades, before selling it to Disney in 2006 for US$7.4 billion.

On August 24, 2011, Jobs announced his resignation from his role as Apple’s CEO saying he can no longer meet his duties and expectations to the company. He is succeeded by Tim Cook, who had been serving as chief operating officer.