Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, has died aged 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Apple, which announced the news late on Wednesday, said in a statement: “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.”
Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple in August. In an open letter to the company’s board and the Apple community he wrote: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”
The homepage of Apple’s website carries a tribute to Jobs which reads: “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.”
Tributes to Jobs, who was recognised as having transformed the ICT and digital media sectors, poured in from business leaders, politicians and fans.
US President Barack Obama, said in a statement: “By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity.
“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 it.
Jobs co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 Steve Wozniak. He left the company in 1985 but returned as CEO in 1996.