According to Bossip-After a fight with cancer that lasted over seven years, Steve Jobs died in Palo Atlo, California today.
“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” said a statement posted this evening on Apple.com, the computer maker’s 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 revitalized Apple by transforming smartphones, computers, and media players into objects of desire. He insisted the company put the human experience first, focusing on design as well as technological prowess. Fifteen years ago, Apple flirted with bankruptcy; today, it is one of the most successful companies on earth. Only oil titan Exxon Mobil Corp. is worth more.
“He taught all of us how to transform technology into magic,” said John Sculley, Apple’s chief executive in the mid-1980s, and the man who once had Jobs kicked out of the company he’d co-founded.
After he was ousted, Jobs endured a decade of exile. But the experience taught him lessons that would, once he returned, help him lead Apple to heights of achievement.
“Steve’s big contribution to the computer industry was to take it away from the nerds and give it to the people,” said Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet networking technology and a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
obs was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. In 2006 and 2008, he appeared at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference looking visibly ill, which started rumors about his health worsening. It didn’t help that a few months after the 2008 conference, Bloomberg accidentally published a Steve Jobs obituary.
In 2009, he took a medical leave from his duties at Apple to have a liver transplant. Almost two years later, this past August, he resigned from the company he started.
Steve Jobs leaves behind a wife and four children: two sons and a daughter with his wife Laurene, and a daughter from a previous relationship. He was 56.