Steve Jobs, Apple Co-Founder, Dies at 56
Steve Jobs, co-founder of computer and software giant Apple Computers, Inc., and until recently its CEO, has died at the age of 56, according to reports from Apple and the Huffington Post.
After a troubling diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2003 followed by a liver transplant in 2009, reports surfaced earlier this year that Jobs was suffering from a recurrence of his cancer. This time out, Jobs was hit with a much rarer form of pancreatic cancer known as islet cell carcinoma, difficult to cure if in late phases.
On August 24, Jobs, known for being heavily involved in every creative step of Apple, resigned suddenly as CEO, handing over the reins to Tim Cook. Jobs stepped down from a company he helped found with friend Steve Wozniak in 1976, working out of a parent’s home. Over the 35 years he served Apple, Jobs helped guide the creative growth and marketing of its many computing and entertainment products, beginning with the Apple I.
After Apple went public in 1980, Jobs became and maintained status as one of the technology sector’s leading celebrities, taking the stage year after year and dazzling consumers with Apple’s vast array of computing and entertainment-related products and services, including iPods, iPads, Macs and sites such as iTunes.
Details are still emerging on Jobs’ passing, and Technorati will update as we learn more.
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