Steve Jobs, Co-Founder and former Chief Executive of Apple has died aged 56.
Job’s death comes after a long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, an illness that saw him step down from his position as Apple CEO in August.
Apple released a statement following Jobs’ passing: “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.”
Tributes flooded in following the news with Apple fans and those from the worlds of business and technology clamouring to leave messages of condolence.
US President Barack Obama was among the first to pay tribute to Jobs, releasing a statement in which he credited the Apple boss as being “among the greatest of American innovators”, stating that Jobs was “brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”
“By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun,” Obama said. “And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike.”
Obama added: “Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.”
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair described Jobs as an “extraordinary and creative human being, an inspiration and an innovator who believed that by the power of ideas the world could be transformed.”
Known as an inspirational visionary, an innovator and a true creator, Steve Jobs revolutionised the computing, music and mobile sectors with the innovations he oversaw at Apple.
Jobs is survived by wife Laurene and his four children and leaves an estimated fortune of $8.3bn.