Apple announced that their company’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, died Wednesday evening. He was 56 years old. “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” the company said in a statement on their Web site. “His spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
Jobs had long been suffering from health complications related to pancreatic cancer. He first publicly announced his diagnosis in 2004, then took a six-month leave of absence from Apple in 2009 in order to undergo a liver transplant. More rumors began circulating about his decline in health in January of this year, when he took yet another medical leave. Jobs remained enthusiastic, however, and told the media he hoped “to be back as soon as I can.” But on August 24, he resigned as chief executive of Apple. “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,” he said in his resignation letter. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Jobs is survived by his wife of 20 years, Laurene, and four children, including one from a prior relationship.