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Apple’s Steve Jobs Dies at Age 56

Updated 8:53 p.m. ET
Apple said in a brief statement late Wednesday that company co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has died.

Jobs, 56, has been suffering from pancreatic cancer and has been on medical leave for an undisclosed condition since Jan. 17. He underwent a liver transplant in 2009.

“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.”

Jobs has long been considered a visionary in the technology world, pioneering products like the iPod, iPad and iPhone. He resigned as Apple CEO in August, saying in a statement at the time:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

Among the in-depth obituaries and reports on Jobs:
Wired’s Steve Jobs: 1955-2011 includes a video tribute
Wall Street Journal: Apple’s Steve Jobs Is Dead
Bloomberg: Steve Jobs, Who Built World’s Most Valuable Technology Company, Dies at 56
PCMag: A Look Back at the Career of Steve Jobs
Business Insider: Luminaries Respond to Steve Jobs’ Death
New York Times: Steve Jobs’s Patents
NPR: Timeline: Steve Jobs, the Man at Apple’s Core
CNET: Steve Jobs, a Life in Technology

Iconic pieces of video also shed light on Jobs’ role in innovating and changing the world of personal computing, including one of his first Apple product rollouts in 1984 and a commencement speech to Stanford University in 2005.

Twitter was alight in tributes as news of Jobs’ death spread and hashtags like #ripstevejobs and #thankyousteve quickly emerged as trending topics.

The Apple homepage was changed to memorialize the company’s loss:

President Obama offered a statement on Jobs’ passing:

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.

His longtime rival in the tech business, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, released a statement to media organizations saying:

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

And Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted:

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.

After the announcement that he was resigning his CEO post and handing the job over to Tim Cook in August, Ray Suarez examined Jobs’ lasting impact on innovation and what comes next for Apple and the tech world with Walter Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal and Charles Golvin of Forrester Research.

And in January, Gwen Ifill spoke with Troy Wolverton, who covers technology for the San Jose Mercury News, about Jobs’ latest medical leave and how it could impact the business world.

We’ll have more reaction and analysis here on the Rundown Thursday morning.

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