Steve Jobs Has Passed Away

Steve Jobs Has Passed Away

We’ve just heard via the Associated Press that Steve Jobs has passed away.

A statement from Apple stated the following…

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.

A message on the Apple website invited people to send their condolences to this email address.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius,” says the message, “and the world has lost an amazing human being.”


  • Wait. . . of all the places, why is this featured on Kotaku first. . .

    If it is true, my deepest sympathies, even if you didn’t like Apple you have to admire everything this man did to the industry

    • If you have ever laughed in a Pixar movie its thanks to him, ever used a Personal Computer its thanks to him, an iPod hi. If it wasn’t for the iPhone you wouldnt be using your Android phone. he pushed technology and popularised it at the same time. He is the Thomas Edison of our day.

      I’m just going to ignore your main comment as you should never wish someone is dead, not even your enemy

      • can we wish murderers and the like to be dead?

        is that still okay?!?!? i’m sorry that we have to ask permission first…

  • Dang.

    I think everyone knew this day was coming but I doubt many expected it to come so soon.

    He was a flawed man, but he was a brilliant man. Like or loathe what he has done, his genius and vision has helped shape the current technology market.

    He will be missed.

  • They say when men retire and can’t work anymore they lose their reason to live.

    The fact he pretty much worked up to the last days of his life illustrates his dedication to his job.

    While I still won’t buy any Apple products, I do have great respect for the man and his contributions to computing and the digital age as a whole.

  • Wow. I guess this isn’t that unexpected – I think we all knew that he wasn’t going to be coming back as Apple CEO this time.

    It’s still a blow. He was such a public character that it’s a real shame to see him go.

  • Don’t have much respect for Apple for have plenty for Steve Jobs, he seemed like a really dedicated guy. Sad news.

  • That’s so sad. He was a brilliant businessman, and no matter how much you may hate Apple, he has made some very significant contributions to technology. R.I.P, Mr. Jobs.

  • Regardless of what you think about Apple, you cannot deny the impact that Steve Jobs has had on the world. Without him, computers, phones, MP3 players all could be very different devices. We may not have Finding Nemo or Toy Story. He’s been a driving force for change and innovation in the world, and it’s a shame to see him go.

    Steve Jobs is dead. Long live Steve Jobs.

  • I have to say this is really sad, my deepest sympathies go to his loved ones. I will never be a fan of Apple, but this was a human being who gave so much to the digital era, a human being whose (like any other human) passing deserves respect.

  • My condolences to his family, the man has truly left his mark on computing culture and society at large. May he rest in peace.

  • Just heard this on the radio. Amazing how he was able to keep going so close to the end. It’s very sad for his family but what an incredible legacy to leave, his company changed society in more ways than one.

  • Yeah really sad news. agree that it was a great legacy to leave behind. There may be apple haters, but you gotta respect what this guy has done… RIP dude.

    Forgetting about who he was for a second, never nice to hear about a man leaving behind a family..

  • RIP Steve, you changed the world of consumer IT forever. You gave us the highest quality devices with the best user experience and nobody accepts second best any longer.

  • Pretty much indirectly responsible for my job and my gaming hobby as well, since my first exposure to computers was playing Airbourne and Dark Castle on my dad’s Macintosh SE in 1986 or so, and now I write software and play video games all the time.

    • ok, not a hack job sadly, but i’ve just been round the net and already the trolls are on to this like a fly to shit….how i love the internet:)

  • Brilliant ideas and brilliant innovations that changed our live but were created by one simple man. Rest in Peace Steve Jobs.

  • As much as I’ve never really been a fan of Apple products., I can’t deny the man has shaped my work and my life over the last 20-30 years.

    It may be a while before we have such another visionary.

  • This is really sad news. Steve Jobs was a great man who has helped drive technology to where it is today. Even if you don’t like Apple, you can appreciate and admire his innovation and dedication to his work. The world is a worse place without you Steve.

  • I always admired his ability to make mediocre equipment seem so fancy and drive sales through the roof for it.

    Steve Jobs > Nigel West Dickens.

    • Steve helped us move towards a world where computer devices are measured in ways that people like Chazz don’t understand or value, and I think that’s great.

        • I think if you believe that sales are through the roof because its “made to seem fancy” then yes, I think you don’t actually understand why sales are through the roof. I disagree with that statement BECAUSE I don’t think the writer understands the reasons. Not the forum for this kind of discussion though!

          • So iPods shot to the top and made “iProducts” popular for being better than the competition?

            iPods were more expensive than the competition, had less battery life, less format support and less features overall. That is fact.

  • Not too many people have changed the world as thoroughly and profoundly as Steve Jobs. Best wishes to his family to make it through this tough time, and hopefully they will take solace in the fact that the world mourns with them.

  • Wow and he only just retired.. man – that’s sad news.

    As much as i’ve never really been a fan of apple products, there’s no denying the footprint the man has left behind

  • It’s that paradoxical feeling. That conflict. I hated his company. I hated the way they do business. Now that he’s dead I don’t even care about them anymore. But it’s not like I hated him, maybe he just polarized me. I couldn’t avoid it. Maybe I even saw him as the villain of the piece, creating things and suing everyone who tried to compete. Now that he’s gone though, I can’t help but think that the entire industry will not move as quickly anymore. Hope I’m wrong.

  • It’s shattering to hear that so soon after he formally retired that he lost his battle with cancer. Reading the bios on the internet you start to understand his impact on the industry and the legacy he’s left behind.

    Condolences to his family as well, I just hope they don’t get forgotten in the wave of emotion that’s breaking everywhere.

  • Amazing guy. I reckon he could literally sell ice to Eskimos, and I mean that as a compliment.
    Marketing and product design genius.

  • i don’t care if you are an apple fan or not… that man was more then a CEO, he was an icon. his drive and dedication something to be admired… R.I.P Steve Jobs, the world just got that little bit dumber without you

  • As I have stated on another site, he has brought and popularised technology to the masses. If you took out a smart phone it used to be for geeks and business users. Now it’s socially acceptable

  • Sad to hear the news, visionarys like him are incredibly rare. He had such a massive influence/impact in his field, and he will be missed.

  • He knew that computers should be something that everyone enjoys using, and he understood that people who currently enjoy using computers don’t understand the problem. The true impact of his vision won’t be realised for decades, thank you Steve!

  • Well, everyone’s gotta die sometime.

    Just a shame that useless assholes tend to live longer than masterminds who shape the industry they are in and make lives better for it.

  • i believe the reason he retird and steped down as ceo is because he knew he didnt have long to live.. just didnt want the media and world to know..and who would blame him

  • I keep finding this whole condolences to his family thing hilarious. Which one? I’m sure some of them justifiably hated the guy.

  • Love him or hate him, he’s probably done the most for the computer and industry, PCs, mice, ipods….

    As I think obama put it, “the thomas edison of our time”.

    He will be sorely missed.

  • As I type this on my iPod, I really have to respect the guy

    And in a way, it’s good that he’s died, he was looking terrible, and obviously in pain…

    So my dearest sympathy to his family. We’ve lost a true genius.

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