Late yesterday the world learned the very sad news that Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away at 56 years old after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. We got to read the official statements that were released by Apple and right now we get to read the official statement that was released by the Jobs family. According to the family statement, Steve passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loved ones. If we can take can take any comfort in his passing, it might be from the fact that he left this Earth while in the company of his family.
Steve Jobs “died peacefully today surrounded by his family” …. the Apple mogul’s family said in a statement. The family said, “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.” The statement concludes, “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.”
I suspect this is the only statement that will be released by the Jobs family. And really, I think we know all that we really need to know. I am relieved to know that Steve was surrounded by his family in his last moments … I’m certain that they flooded him with the love that we all have for him. I mean … I don’t even know what else to say. As I sit here typing up this blog post on my MacBook Pro, invented by the man we are mourning, it’s hard not to feel the weight of losing him. The world is mourning the loss of one of the most brilliant minds of our time … arguably, of all time … Steve Jobs will be sorely missed ;(