Legendary computer entrepreneur and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs died at the age of 56 on Wednesday, after a dramatic fight with cancer. His death came only a day after Apple unveiled the new iPhone 4S.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” Apple said in a 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.”
“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.”
Job’s death comes only a month after he stepped down as the CEO of Apple.
Apple’s Board of Directors had quickly named Tim Cook as the new CEO, saying that Cook “demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”
Jobs was elected Chairman of the Board.
Cook temporarily ran the company in 2004, while Jobs was receiving treatment for a cancerous tumor in his pancreas, and again in January 2011, after Jobs took a leave of absence to “focus on [his] health.”
Jobs returned to the company in March to help launch the iPad 2.