The final moments and last words of the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs have been finally revealed by his sister almost a month after Jobs died at the age of 56 after a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Jobs once described death in the Stanford commencement address, 2005, as No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
Mona Simpson’s eulogy to her brother was published in the New York Times on Sunday in which she reveals that the tech icon’s last words Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow came hours before he died.
She also explains how she hurried when Jobs asked her to come to see him as soon as possible.
His tone was affectionate, dear, loving, but like someone whose luggage was already strapped onto the vehicle, who was already on the beginning of his journey, even as he was sorry, truly deeply sorry, to be leaving us, she wrote.
Jobs was surrounded by his family during his final moments – his children and his life partner, Laurene.
Laurene could rouse him to talk to his friends from Apple till afternoon that day. But after awhile, it was clear that he would no longer wake to us, she wrote.
“His breathing changed. It became severe, deliberate, and purposeful. I could feel him counting his steps again, pushing farther than before. This is what I learned: he was working at this, too. Death didn’t happen to Steve, he achieved it,” she wrote.
Jobs’ last words uttered hours earlier were in monosyllables which he repeated three times.
Before embarking, he'd looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time he stared at his children, then at his life's partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.”
Steve's last words were: 'Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.'
Simpson and Jobs were born to the same parents, but Jobs was given away for adoption. Simpson became a novelist and English professor and Jobs became a tech icon. She used the eulogy to pay tribute to her late brother's beliefs.
The eulogy also described Jobs as a brilliant person, who reached out to his sister when she was in her twenties and they instantly became friends.
In the eulogy, Simpson also described her brother's passion with black turtlenecks - a look that ignited stores to sell out of the normally old-fashioned look after he died.