Apple founder Steve Jobs dies at 56

Wed. October 5, 2011 7:11 PM by News Staff

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Cupertino, CA - Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and former CEO, has died at the age of 56.

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," read a statement on the Apple website.

A visionary who founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, Jobs is credited with pioneering the personal computer. He introduced the iPod, the iPhone and iPad tablet.

Job resigned as CEO in August after a long battle with pancreatic cancer saying he could "no longer meet (his) duties and expectations."

Apple COO Tim Cook took over the reigns at Apple to become what many believe is the world's most powerful gay man.

Jobs is survived by his wife of 20 years, Laurene, and four children including one from a prior relationship.

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