Steve Jobs lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Wednesday, leaving his family without their loved one, his company without its founding leader, and the world without one of the most creative visionaries of our time.
Apple’s co-founder had fought the disease for years and underwent a liver transplant in 2009. He had been on medical leave from the company since January, but he appeared at Apple events during that time.
The Apple website homepage featured a photo of Jobs, 56, and the words “Steve Jobs 1955-2011″.
A statement on the company’s site on Wednesday proclaimed:
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.
The Silicon Valley legend resigned as Apple’s CEO in August. Jobs was succeeded by Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, though Jobs remained chair.