By Ria Novosti
Apple founder and ex-CEO Steve Jobs died at the age of 56, Apple said on its website on Thursday.
The cause of death was not disclosed, but Jobs struggled with cancer since 2003. He underwent a successful surgery in 2004 and a liver transplantation in 2008.
“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” the company said. “Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”
Jobs is credited with being the mastermind of the company’s iconic products – iPhone and iPad.
“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 company’s board of directors said.
Steve Jobs is one of the greatest examples of success in the history of American business. He dropped out of college after one year, and never received a degree in technology. The future Apple CEO earned his living by collecting empty bottles before he started working at a company that produced video games.
Jobs and Stephen Wozniak founded Apple Computer in 1976. Its products gained a cult following for several consumer generations all over the world.
The strong link between Jobs’ personality and the company became evident this January. When the company announced that its CEO took another indefinite health leave and temporarily delegated his authority to chief operating officer Tim Cook, the company’s shares fell despite its successful financial performance.
This August, the legendary chief executive officer of Apple Inc., resigned and named Cook to the post.