Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder and its CEO through a period of record growth and innovation for the company, died exactly one year ago today, on 5 October 2011. He was 56.
Jobs's death was confirmed by a statement from Apple's board of directors, in which they described "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's passing came after a long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer that led to him taking a leave of absence from the company on a number of occasions. He resigned as CEO in August 2011, announcing to the world the day had come "when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO." He was succeeded by then chief operating officer Tim Cook and became Apple's chairman.
Jobs died of respiratory failure caused by the spread of a metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumour, according to his death certificate.
Jobs was survived by his wife Laurene Powell and four children, and his sister, Mona Simpson.
Following the news of his death tributes poured in for Steve Jobs. Stephen Fry, author and comedian: "Woke to the news of Steve Jobs's death. He changed the world. I knew him a little and admired him entirely. Love to Apple and his family."
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO: "I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work."
Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates said he would miss his onetime rival. "For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it's been an insanely great honor," Gates said on Twitter. "I will miss Steve immensely."
Tributes pored in from fans around the world, with flowers and memorials being left outside Apple Stores.
Memorials for Steve Jobs
A private memorial for Apple employees took place at the company's campus in Cupertino on 19 October.
Announcing the plans for the memorial, Cook told employees in an email: "Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place."
The governor of California, Jerry Brown, even decaled that Sunday 16 October 16 would be "Steve Jobs Day" across the US state to coincide with a private memorial for the Apple co-founder at Stanford University. The honour, which was strictly for observance and did not involve a public holiday, is not normally given to corporate figures.
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