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Steve Jobs: A Visionary passes away


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.

Steve Jobs, Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who took over for the company co-founder in August, sent a company-wide memo on Wednesday to employees, notifying them of co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs‘ death earlier in the day.

“No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him,” Cook said. “We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.”

One of Cook’s pargraphs from the memo is posted on the official Apple website.

Cook’s full memo to staff reads:

Team,

I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

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.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email rememberingsteve@apple.com.

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

Tim

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