When the world heard the news that Apple's co-founder and visionary, Steve Jobs, had died on Wednesday, their tributes went far beyond social media networks and comments made on the gadgets he masterminded. People flooded to their nearest apple stores, leaving notes, flowers, apples and lighting candles all in honor of the way his technology impacted their lives.
Jobs, 56, passed away after losing a fierce battle against Pancreatic cancer. Ironically, many people found out about his death through the very devices he created. The news was announced in a brief statement by Apple, the company he co-founded from a garage with his school friend Stephen Wozniak in 1976.
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, the statement said.
Jobs has battled cancer since 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009, which is when he announced he had health problems and needed to take a short leave of absence. Despite his battle, Jobs continued to be the face of the company, until six weeks ago when he passed on his title as CEO to Tim Cook.
I have always said that if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's C.E.O., I would be the first to let you know, Jobs said in a letter released by the company. Unfortunately, that day has come.
Jobs, who left with a net worth of $8.3 billion, has an entire personal computer industry that has shaped the face of digital technology throughout the years. Not only did he mastermind the Mac computer for easier computer use, with it he left behind the iPod, iPad and iPhone that have become features of peoples daily lives.
The long anticipated biography authorized by Steve Jobs and written by Walter Isaacson, the former managing editor of Time Magazine, is said to reveal many of the personal details that Jobs has kept hidden for years. It will be released on Oct.24 and has already topped the best sellers on Amazon through its pre-sales.
In the weeks before his death, when Jobs was too weak and frail to climb stairs, he confessed in his final interview with Isaacson that he wanted his children to understand why he wasn't always there for them.
I wanted my Kids to know me, Jobs said when Isaacson asked him why agreed to unleash a tell-all biography after living a private, almost ascetic life, Reuters reported.
Isaacson visited Jobs for the last time a few ago in a downstairs bedroom curled up in pain. He was too weak to climb stairs, according to Isaacson but his mind was still sharp and humor vibrant.
The world reacted to Jobs' death with numerous creative tributes. Click [START] to begin the slideshow.