Steve Jobs, former CEO and leading light at Apple, passed away yesterday evening in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 56.
He finally succumbed in a long battle against pancreatic cancer which he was treated for in 2004, and then subsequently had to undergo a liver transplant two years ago.
While he did bounce back following the liver transplant, when he went on a medical leave of absence at the beginning of this year, and his resignation from the post of CEO as Apple followed in August, it was clear all was definitely not well.
So his unfortunate death hasn’t really come as a great surprise, considering pancreatic cancer is the worst type you can suffer from in terms of survival rate – although Jobs apparently did have a more treatable form of the cancer.
While his cause of death hasn’t yet been confirmed, it’s likely to have been the return of the cancer, or complications with his treatment and liver transplant.
His family have asked for privacy and time to grieve.
Jobs became a legend in the technology world while helming Apple and steering it to huge success with its iGadget range of music players, phones and later tablets.
He was famous for his presentation skills when unveiling and selling new products to the world, and leaves some big shoes for successor Tim Cook to fill.
Cook made the following statement: “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.”
Jobs first co-founded Apple back in 1976 with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, with the company building and shipping the first Apple-1 computer kits from Jobs’s garage.
He’d been the CEO of Apple since 1997 before his resignation in August.
Steve Jobs will definitely leave a sizeable hole in the tech world.