Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman of the board, former CEO of Apple and industry icon for decades, has died, according to a statement issued by Apple’s Board of Directors.
Apple released this statement:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away.
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.
It was only a little over a month ago that Jobs stepped down as CEO saying at the time, “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 remained Chairman of the Board at the company, as well as director and an Apple employee. He recommended that company COO Tim Cook take his place as CEO. At Cupertino event, Cook gave his first keynote address as CEO, unveiling the new iPhone 4S.
While that device had been the focal point of Apple’s website for the past 24 hours, Apple.com is now simply dedicated to Jobs, using a famous picture of him (above) that will also grace the cover of his upcoming biography by Walter Isaacson due out next month.
The message on Apple’s website: