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R.I.P. Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out the following letter to company employees:

Team,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 email rememberingsteve@apple.com.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.Tim

Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. Thank you for your contributions to our world.

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Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • tuannguyen
    No matter what people say, good or bad, this man made a profound impact on the technology, movie (Pixar), and music industry. We've lost a great visionary and market maker.
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  • sgtopmobile
    I DO NOT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS.... REST IN PEACE STEVE, YOU WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER
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  • dfusco
    RIP, Mr. Jobs.
    Your contributions will be a part of history.
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  • wlachan
    This will mark the end of Apple's golden era.
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  • Neslepax
    The world always weeps when genius is lost.
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  • blppt
    Damn. I knew he was sick, but not THAT sick. RIP Steve.
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  • QEFX
    Regardless of your views on his personality and Apple, he was an inspiration (some times more than others) for the entire industry.

    R.I.P. Mr. Jobs

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  • austinwillis81
    sad to hear
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  • sarcasm
    RIP Steve Jobs. Doesn't matter if people agreed with him or not, there's no doubting he was a genius and a man that shaped the way we live with entertainment and electronics.
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  • zoemayne
    RIP Steve hope he had a family
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