Statement by Apple’s Board of Directors:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

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.

Steve Paul Jobs, February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011

Apple.com states:

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 inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, how we’d hoped this day would never come. Steve Jobs changed our lives profoundly.

We deeply mourn the passing of Steven P. Jobs. We have all lost a true Renaissance man. Mr. Jobs made the world a better place while bravely fighting an insidious disease during the last several years of his life under much public scrutiny. While we hope he did all of this free of pain, we suspect otherwise. Add “courageous” to the long list of superlatives describing this singular genius.

We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Thank you, Mr. Jobs for everything you have given to the world.

Rest in peace.

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In 2009, following a liver transplant that he credited with prolonging his life, Steve Jobs said hoped that everyone would consider organ donation (video). For more information, in the US, please visit organdonor.gov. In Mr. Jobs’ honor, please consider giving the gift of life.

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