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Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs Has Died

Apple announced Jobs' passing late Wednesday afternoon.

Steve Jobs, the iconic mastermind of Apple computer and a pioneer in the personal computing industry, died Wednesday. He was 56.

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs

Apple Inc. released a brief statement late Wednesday afternoon announcing Jobs' passing.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," the company said in a brief 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."

In 2004, Jobs beat an unusual form of pancreatic cancer. In 2009, he received a liver transplant. Jobs announced on Aug. 24 that he was stepping down as CEO of Apple after several years of remaining very private about his failing health.

In the months since stepping down as CEO, Jobs remained active as the Chairman of the Board of Apple.

Known as a one of the foremost American entrepreneurs and inventors, Jobs co-founded Apple Computers in 1976 with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak. Under Jobs' leadership, the company went on to revolutionize the personal computing industry with products like the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iTunes.



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