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In memoriam

Sadly, Apple co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs died today after a years long battle with pancreatic cancer. His family released a heart breaking statement saying, in part, that “Steve died peacefully.” He was 56.

Jobs took his third and final leave of absence from Apple back in January and resigned as CEO in August as he was known to be gravely ill. He was most often described as a visionary, but insiders also knew him as a caring technologist who was set on changing the world. Mission accomplished. To most, Steve Jobs will be remembered as the business icon who changed the way we experience and enjoy life. What a wonderful legacy to leave behind.

It’s an incredibly sad day for the millions of people impacted by Jobs’s iconic products and inspirational leadership. His family bears the greatest loss of a husband and father to four. Steve Jobs was a once in a generation mind and he left us far too soon.

Here are links to some notable reactions to his tragic death:

Statement by Steve Jobs’s family

Tribute statement on Apple’s website

Statement by Apple’s Board of Directors

Email to Apple staff by CEO Tim Cook

Statement by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

Statement by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates

Facebook post by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg

Google+ post by Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Google+ post by Google co-founder Larry Page

Statement by Disney president Bob Iger

Facebook post by Jobs’ former colleagues at Pixar, Ed Catmull and John Lasseter

Statement by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Statement by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg

Obituary by The New York Times

Blog post by AllThingsD co-executive editor Walt Mossberg

Facebook note by Napster co-founder & former Facebook president Sean Parker

Steven Paul Jobs

1955 – 2011

Technologist, Visionary, iCon.