Today we've learned a sad fact, as reported by Apple themselves, that Steve Jobs has passed away. In a statement published by Apple's Board of Directors it was announced that Jobs passing has of course brought sadness as well as reverence to the hearts of all that knew him. The world has lost a great mind and a great man, and we all mourn his passing with the utmost respect and honor.
The news came from Cupertino California today that "Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives." Of course we need no reminder of this, having sat on the edge of our seats at his every word over the past decade and more. "The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."
The announcement of Jobs' passing went on to note:
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.
Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent the following email to all Apple employees:
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Today is an undeniably sad day, but it is also a time to reflect on the massive impact this modern marvel has had on us all.
From all of us, I say with all sincerity: Thank You, Steve.