Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56. Jobs had been battling pancreatic cancer since the early 2000’s and underwent a liver transplant in 2009.
Jobs had recently stepped down as Apple CEO back in late August after feeling that he could no longer fulfil his duties, or meet expectations as the head of Apple.
Apple released a statement on their website today, saying
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
Co-Founding the company with his friend Steve Wozniak in 1976, the two of them practically invented personal computing. Jobs was ousted from the company in the late 80s only to be brought back in 1997 at the brink of the company’s death. Since then, he’s built Apple back up, not only as a leading company in computer innovation, but as a leader in music technologies such as the iPod and iTunes store.