Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies aged 56

Barack Obama and Bill Gates pay tribute to the man who has changed the face of music consumption

Apple co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs has died aged 56.

Jobs, whose company has changed the face of how music is consumed and heard with the invention of the iPod and the huge success of iTunes, died after losing a long battle with pancreatic cancer last night (October 5).

Jobs had first been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant as part of his treatment. He continued to work as Chief Executive of Apple throughout his treatment, but stepped down last summer, saying that he believed he could no longer “meet his duties and expectations as CEO of Apple.”

Apple have posted an official tribute to Jobs on their website, which reads as follows:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who were 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.

US President Barack Obama has paid tribute to Jobs, saying that the world had “lost a visionary. He made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”

Microsoft founder Bill Gates also offered a tribute to Jobs, saying that he had made a “profound impact on the world of technology which would be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely.”

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