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updated 08:40 pm EDT, Wed October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs celebrated by family, Microsoft founder

(Update: Steve Ballmer has joined in) Condolences and tributes have continued to pour in following the tragic death of Steve Jobs. Apple posted a further statement on behalf of his family. His family, including wife Laurene and his four children, was appreciative of the support it was getting at a dark time.

Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve's illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates also offered his sympathy to the family in a tribute to Jobs.

I'm truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs' death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.

Update: Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's current CEO, has added to the condolences.

I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.

by MacNN Staff



  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The End

    The End of one of the greatest rivalries in the business world.

  1. MacMan2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    True Respect!

    I have been a proud follower and user of Apple products since 1984 (Apple IIe) and 1989 (Mac lc) and the Proud owner of Mac's since 1998. So I have been a part of the [Apple vs. PC] war for years. I am happy to see the respect and love Bill has for Steve. Hats off to you Bill, maybe I will see you here at a local bridge club to give you my respect in person.

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  1. georg123

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    f*** sake! I don't believe it! I just bought $100k worth of Apple stocks a few hours ago!

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  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I traded AAPL based on gasoline prices

    For the past quarter, buy at 'unleaded' price and sell at 'premium or diesel' price worked out handsomely.

    Buy orders tomorrow.

  1. facebook_Robert

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    Joined: Oct 2011


    Steve Jobs will be missed

    When I was a youngster I was enthralled by the founders - Bill Gates of Microsoft, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at Apple, Nolan Bushnell at Atari, and Jack Tramiel of Commodore.

    They were all great, but few will be remembered as times marches on, as Steve Jobs will be remembered for many generations, as one of the greats, alongside Carnegie, and Rockefeller.

    It's an unlikely story, to take a company from your garage into a multinational corporation, known and loved across the world.

    And Steve Jobs not only did this for Apple once, but came back in 1997 and did it again. And he'll be remembered for his work at NeXT and Pixar as well.

    As a child I wanted to change the world - and I think many people did - in our own small ways, we contributed to technology and change, but Jobs was one of the greats, always an inspiration to other people. I feel a loss today, a profound loss. I can't believe he won't be around for the 3rd comeback.

    I wish his family well, and I know, everyone is grieving today, and I wish everyone well.

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