Update: Celebrating the life of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs has passed away at 56.

Apple’s board of directors have issued the below statement and Apple’s homepage holds the picture above..

“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.”

His family has also issued the following statement:

“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.”

You’ll also find a warm tribute to a man who has truly changed the world on Apple.com here and a screenshot below.

Our deepest condolences to his friends and family. For an idea of just how magical the man was, please read this piece by Robert Scoble, a Front Row Seat to Steve Jobs’ Career. And here are our 10 most unforgettable Steve Jobs moments.

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