After a six year struggle, Steve Jobs was taken by his longtime battle with cancer.
Apple’s Board of Directors said the following in a statement:
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
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.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”
Steve Jobs began his struggle with pancreatic cancer in 2004, when he informed Apple employees that he had undergone surgery for an islet-cell neuroendocrine tumor.
Jobs’s condition began to worsen in 2008 though, eventually leading to his second leave of absence. It was revealed that Jobs underwent a liver transplant that year.
In 2011, Steve Jobs took his third leave of absence so that he could focus on his health. It would prove to be his final one. Jobs never returned as full-time CEO, and in August he resigned as CEO of Apple.