Generations of leaders react to the death of Steve Jobs

The iconic founder of Apple died on Wednesday at the age of 56. Here’s how the world has reacted so far.

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The man who started Apple computer in a garage at age 21 with friend Stephen Wozniak lost his nearly eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer. His death comes just two months after resigning as CEO.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who took over for Jobs when he resigned in August, broke the news to Apple employees in an email. He said:

“I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

“We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply e-mail

“No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.”

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