Apple co-founder, former CEO, and chairman of the board Steve Jobs passed away Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at age 56. The news was released by Apple’s board of directors, reads:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
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.
On the same day, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an that read:
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.
Jobs’s family also released a:
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.
When Jobs resigned from the CEO position back in August, we collected a series of reflections which are no less apt now (see “,” 25 August 2011).
Apple has set up a page, with a link to an email address for people to share their memories and condolences.
It’s a massive understatement to say that Jobs profoundly affected all of our lives. It is perhaps most telling that many of us learned of his death via a device — a Mac, an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod touch — whose creation was made possible in part through his work at Apple.
Our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Global Reaction -- After writing about Apple and Jobs for years, we at TidBITS certainly appreciate his legacy. However, we’re still surprised at the outpouring of sentiment following Jobs’s passing. Columnists, CEOs, and heads of state have written statements or remembrances, and Apple retail stores became impromptu shrines as thousands of people sought to pay their respects.
Here are links to some of these expressions of grief and respect that we’ve collected in the comments section of this article on our Web site. I know the number of items is daunting, but they’re worth it.
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 obituary of Steve Jobs in Wired.
BoingBoing’s to Steve Jobs.
 obituary of Steve Jobs in The Economist.
Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal on “.”
Reports and photos from the Apple campus by.
Nice thoughts about Steve Jobs from of Macworld.
Jeff Carlson’s article for the Seattle Times, “”
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Ethernet inventor memories of Steve Jobs.
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Our friend, on putting a dent in the universe.
, collected by Macworld.
 turns a keynote into an hour-long talk about Steve Jobs and Apple.
Here’s a version of “” that never aired, narrated by Steve Jobs.
A very few touching words from.
Apple Stores turned into.
 of Steve Jobs in The New York Times.
Nice piece from Lex Friedman about.
Nice words from.
Interesting take on Jobs’s attitude toward the past..
Links to wonderfully.
Jon Stewart sums up how many of us feel. “”
In this time of sorrow, is tremendously welcome.
Adam and Tonya contributed stories about Steve Jobs to Shawn King’s collection for Your Mac Life’s “In Memoriam” show. I really recommend listening to it. You can also get the.
Don’t miss Steve Jobs’s outstanding
A Steve Jobs tribute.
Macworld’s look back at.
 on how Steve Jobs humanized technology.
The New York Times on.
 compares Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison.
It’s good to remember that.
 comes right out and says it.
A nice comparison of Steve Jobs and Frank Lloyd Wright from our friend.
Adam talks about Jobs with host Gene Steinberg on the.