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.