We have got some really sad news. Steve Jobs has passed away at 56. He truly
changed the way we live our lives each and every day.
CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, has sent an email to all Apple employees regarding passing of
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an
human being. 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.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple
employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts,
memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email .
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude
for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating
ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
Steve’s family has also issued a statement:
Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.
In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he
cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their
wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be
provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.
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.
Apple has also set up an email address, [email protected], for
condolences and memories.
We, at Redmond Pie, are lost for words here. Thank you Steve for being an
innovator and sharing your genius with the world. You will be truly missed. Rest
UPDATE x1: Robert Scoble has posted a picture of Apple HQ in Cupertino with all flags at
UPDATE x2: An excerpt on death from Steve Jobs’ commencement address at
Stanford (June 12, 2005)
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day
as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an
impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the
mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life,
would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has
been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever
encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything —
all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure –
these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly
important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid
the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is
no reason not to follow your heart.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the
morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a
pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer
that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six
months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is
doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything
you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It
means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as
possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.
I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where
they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my
intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I
was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells
under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very
rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery
and I’m fine now.
This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I
get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you
with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die
to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever
escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single
best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make
way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now,
you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic,
but it is quite true.
UPDATE x3: Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Eric Schmidt on
Steve Jobs’ passing:
Barack Obama (President, United States of America)
Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was
among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently,
bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he
exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and
putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only
accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling,
he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of
saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he
transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the
rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to
Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a
device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife
Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
Bill Gates (Founder, Microsoft):
I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our
sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched
through his work.
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been
colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had,
the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of
us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I
will miss Steve immensely.
(Founder & CEO, Facebook):
Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that
what you build can change the world. I will miss you.
Steve Jobs is the most successful CEO in the U.S. of the last 25 years. He
uniquely combined an artists touch and an engineers vision to build an
extraordinary company… one of the greatest American leaders in history