Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died at the age of 56, Apple said.
Jobs died “peacefully,” surrounded by family members, his family said in a statement. Job fought a form of pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” read a statement by Apple’s board of directors. “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.”
As Jobs’ death was announced, the homepage of Apple’s website switched to a full-page image of Jobs with the text, “Steve Jobs 1955-2011.” “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” the text read. “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 whole world has lost a great man and amazing creative mind.