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Steve Jobs passes away


09:14, October 06, 2011

Photo taken on Oct. 5, 2011 shows photo of Steve Jobs on the front page of Apple Board of Directors announced that co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Wu Jingdan)

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Apple co-founder and longtime Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday.
"Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family," Jobs' family said in a statement.

"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," said the statement.

Apple's website has changed to "Steve Jobs: 1955-2011," along with the most iconic picture in which the scraggly bearded charismatic visionary posed with one hand up to his chin.

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," the company said in a statement. "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 this spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Apple are asking for "thoughts, memories and condolences" to be shared by emailing [email protected]

Apple Board of Directors also said in a statement that "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."

According to a memo sent by CEO Tim Cook, Apple is planning a celebration of Jobs' life for employees that will take place soon.

Jobs took a medical leave of absence earlier this year, the third in his battle with pancreatic cancer that began in 2004. On Aug. 24, he stepped down as Apple CEO, saying "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."

Jobs recommended former CEO Tim Cook take his place as CEO. On Tuesday, Cook gave his first product announcement as CEO unveiling the new iPhone 4S.

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