Apple has been really taken a bite this time, albeit a bitter one. The company's co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs passed away at 56 years of age after losing his battle against a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

Jobs, one of the most well-known and well-respected innovators, visionaries and geniuses in the world, has left behind a legacy of gadgets which have transformed the face of technology, such as the Apple Mackintosh, iMac, MacBook Air, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, and Final Cut Pro.

When Apple announced Jobs' death on Oct. 5, the world was overcome with shock, grief and disbelief.

The world leaders and tech leaders all immediately expressed their grief and sorrow. Apple fans around the world rushed into Apple Store with tears in their eyes and placed wreathes and bouquets of flowers in front of Apple stores.

In Twitter and elsewhere, there was an outpour of condolence messages from world leaders, celebrities, tech leaders and top executives of companies. Start the slideshow to begin.