Today is the fifth anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death

“October 5, 2011: Steve Jobs dies at the age of 56, in his home in Palo Alto, California,” Luke Dormehl writes for Cult of Mac.

“Jobs’ official cause of death is respiratory arrest arising from complications related to a rare type of pancreatic cancer, with which he was diagnosed eight years earlier,” Dormehl writes. “He officially stepped down from his role as Apple’s CEO in August, 2011.”

“With so much written about Jobs in the years since he died, and so much material to write about, it’s impossible to summarize Jobs’ life in a short article. To me, one of the most notable things about his death was how much it meant to people all over the world,” Dormehl writes. “If anyone thought of tech as a niche hobby in 2011, they can’t have been thinking that after the public outpouring of grief which met the news about Steve.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We miss you, Steve!

We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it. – Steve Jobs

“Steve Jobs” by Diana Walker (born 1942) / Digital inkjet print, 1982 (printed 2011) / (Diana Walker - National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Diana Walker; © Diana Walker)
“Steve Jobs” (1982) by Diana Walker, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)


    1. Agreed! Still miss Steve’s vision and guidance to inspire Apple’s next “Big Thing”, make sure it is done right, and making sure it is revealed on Apple’s time line.

  1. I remember where I was and who I was with When Steve Jobs died. I cover death as a TV journalist almost daily. Steve was the first person that brought tears to my eyes. Our world is smaller without him in it.

    1. Steve Jobs waited 6 months after getting the precious gift of an early detection and pissed it away with prayer and fasting. Amazing that someone so intelligent could be suckered in by any religion. There is no invisible sky gawd that pulls the strings.

      In all likelihood, his delaying of the Whipple Procedure cost him his life. Ruth Bader Ginsburg had the same form of Pancreatic Cancer and had the surgery- she is alive and enjoying her life. He suffered needlessly, later went though a Liver Transplant and still died from what likely would have been a curable cancer.

      1. As a doctor I followed Steve Job’s medical history carefully from afar. He did not wait 6 months but almost a year (10 months) before he underwent his operation. And Steve Job was not a follower of any religion; he thought incorrectly that with fasting and holistic approach he could ‘cure’ his cancer.

        And Justice Ginsburg had a.different kind of cancer than Steve Jobs had. He had a MEN pancreati canver which is much rarer and.usually less deadly than the one Ginsburg had (adenicarcimoa of the pancreas which is extremely lethal).

        I would not berate SJ for what he deicded to do with his health but I do wish he would have undergone the treatment far sooner than he did. He had an extremely high IQ but may have been lacking in the EQ department and his reality distortion field that brought us all great products and joy also led to his downfall of thinking he could ‘will’ his disease away.

        He was a giant of a genius amongst men.

        1. Steve Jobs is the shining example I use whenever new-age health pushers say that being vegan, eating certified organic, detoxing, etc are the catch-all answer to either preventing or curing illness and cancer.

          Not to say we shouldn’t be eating healthier in general, and for sure we ought to cut back on a lot of junk food and other crap, but that it should be in moderation. Extreme adherence and faith in certain diets, like the medications they malign, is not guaranteed effective.

        2. The delay I read was about 6 months but it would not be the first time the press was wrong- same with RBGs Pancreatic Ca. The point is that a much older person with high quality care has survived a Cancer that is usually a death sentence.

          The greater point is that you cannot mess around with cancer- especially Pancreatic Cancer. Over my career I have been involved in imaging from the initial diagnosis through the follow up stages and the steps in between. An early detection of any lesion is a gift and to think he wasted precious time for any reason is tragic.

          A common problem among very brilliant or successful people is that they can fall victim to thinking being a genius or successful in one thing makes them so in all things.

  2. It was the way Steve Jobs executed his integral vision. He was capable to create stable and sustainable ecosystems that were extremely practical and easy to integrate with anyone’s life.

  3. Oddly enough, Steve is one of the biggest disclaimers of one of his most famous quotes:
    “And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”
    He got it spectacularly wrong. Death isn’t the best invention. It is a waste of experience, of talent, of potential and many other things that make a difference.
    DaVinci, Lennon, Gandhi, Jobs – can anyone truthfully say that what came after was better? I think in the case of Apple, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who thinks the company has gotten better after Steve’s passing. And so it is in many other areas where we talk about the spiral that is dumbing down – defined by an inability of the new to match what preceded it. So, sorry Steve. You were right on nearly everything else but on this occasion you’re wrong.

  4. I think that many of you would agree that we lost so much more than the man Steve Jobs that day! It must have been a rapture because it’s been five years of crap after he left!
    If you can hear me Steve, rest in peace!

  5. Such a loss. Not a day goes by that I don’t look at his picture (which is my desktop) and wish he was still here.

    Something wrong with the world when Ballmer stays and Steve goes.

  6. As with other great creative visionaries, Henson, Disney, Alexander Fleming, Woz, Edison, Verne, Teddy Roosevelt, Earhart, Jefferson, Einstein, Newton, Curie, Burt Rutan, Kepler, Twain, Da Vinci, I live a better life because great, sometimes imperfect people made the world a better place for us all. Thank you Steve Jobs. You saw the future and lead good people so well that you all actually changed the world for the better.

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