Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc. (AAPL: 377.34, -0.91, -0.24%) and one of the technology world’s greatest visionaries, has died.
Jobs, who leaves behind a wife and four children, passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer and other health issues. Jobs recently gave up the role of CEO at Apple, and had taken his second leave of absence from the company in January, handing day-to-day operations to COO Tim Cook. He had previously taken a leave in 2009 and received a liver transplant in April of that year.
"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," Apple 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.
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."
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