Respects on Death of Steve Jobs, Apple Legend: Tributes Pour In
It is with profound sadness that we bring you the news that Apple legend Steve Jobs had died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs was co-founder of the world’s largest tech company and one of the greatest innovators of modern times. He died at the age of only 56 on Wednesday and despite the fact that he had been ill for so long, the news of his death has shocked the world and led to tributes and respects pouring in.
He had stepped down as CEO of Apple in August but remained chairman of the company and his successor as CEO, Tim Cook, had launched the newest iPhone only the day before Jobs died. His presence at the Apple event was sorely missed with many of us still hoping that he’d appear at the last minute for that ‘one more thing’ in his familiar black turtleneck and jeans. News of his death was broken by Apple, which has dedicated the homepage of its website today to Jobs, with a picture of its co-founder and the simple words, “Steve Jobs 1955-2011.”
Flags at the Cupertino headquarters of Apple are flying at half mast and a statement issued by the company said, “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,” according to Sky News.
Tributes and respects have already been paid by some of the tech world’s biggest figures and others. Microsoft founder Bill Gates said, “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely.” Many of those that knew Jobs will smile at the use of ‘insanely great’ in Gates’ tribute as that was a favorite expression of Jobs’. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said simply but movingly, “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you,” according to a Reuters report.
Sony CEO, Howard Stringer paid tribute saying, “The digital age has lost its leading light, but Steve’s innovation and creativity will inspire dreamers and thinkers for generations.” Michael Dell, CEO of Dell said, “Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come.” CEO of Google, Larry Page said on Google+, “He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me.”
Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo paid his respects by saying, “Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement. #RIPSteveJobs.” Tributes have also been to Steve Jobs from outside the tech industry. For example, Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Co. said, “Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined. Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started.”
Finally some moving words came from President Barack Obama who issued a statement saying, “Steve was among the greatest of American innovators — brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”
Many more tributes will no doubt continue to pour in on the death of such an illustrious and respected man. Here at Only Kent we wish to pay our deepest respects and pass on our thoughts to Steve Jobs’ friends, family and colleagues. If you wish to share your own thoughts and tributes for him then please leave your comments below.
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