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'The World Has Lost an Amazing Human Being': Reactions to Steve Jobs' Death
After a public battle with pancreatic cancer, Apple co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs died Wednesday. Here, snapshots of how the world reacted.
By Annie Hauser
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THURSDAY, Oct. 6— Steve Jobs, the co-founder and chairman of Apple, died Wednesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Not surprisingly, the tech innovator’s death prompted a massive outpouring of emotion on Facebook, Twitter, and personal blogs, many posts no doubt coming from the innovative products Jobs himself invented — as President Obama himself pointed out. On Twitter, sources are reporting that the news of Jobs’ death generated an astonishing 10,000 tweets per second, smashing the previous record of 8,868 tweets per second that came after singer Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
Jobs’ own musing about life, death, and technology, collected from years of interviews and speeches, also went viral. Perhaps the most popular Jobs quote posted on Wednesday night? "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life," from .
From President Obama to the man on the street, here is a sampling of reactions to the death of Steve Jobs.
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Tim Cook, who took over from Jobs after he resigned due to his failing health, to Apple employees announcing Jobs’ death. “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” Cook wrote. “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.”
President Barack Obama
“He was among the greatest of American innovators,” the president . “The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world."
Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Long-time competitor Bill Gates released the following statement on : “Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will 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 honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Jobs' fellow tech innovator Mark Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook: “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo
Dick Costolo joined in on the hashtag #RIPSteveJobs, which inundated the twittersphere, along with the hashtag #ThankYouSteve. “Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement. #RIPSteveJobs,” Costolo wrote.
Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak
“We’ve lost something we won’t get back,” Wozniak told the Associated Press. "The way I see it, though, the way people love products he put so much into creating means he brought a lot of life to the world. [Jobs] gets a reputation for being a strong leader and for being brash, but to me he was always so kind, such a good friend.”
Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter
John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, which has been owned by Jobs since 1986, released a statement that read: “Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time.”
and shared their condolences, too.
- “R.I.P. Steve. Another soul gone to soon! My prayers go out to his family. May you find comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain, and he's in a better place.” — Facebook fan Kim Slater
- “Mr. Jobs was a pioneer. His legacy will live on in all the Apple products that have been produced from his innovative mind. RIP Steve!” — Facebook fan Lloyd Williams
- “I have followed his cancer journey. My brother had the same. Both diagnosed around the same time. My brother passed away two months ago. Rest in peace Mr. Jobs.” — Facebook fan Brenda Julian-Eckberg
- “He saw a need, he fulfilled it. He built roads, wrote maps to awesome destinations for so many of us. Good-bye Steve, rest in peace.” — Facebook fan Valerie Fernandez
- “I learned on a Macintosh in high school. My household has at least three apple products in use: the iPod, iPad, and iPhone are my lifeline. God Speed Steve Jobs. Thank You.” — Facebook fan Lori Lynn Hanania
- “I wouldn't be online right now if it weren't for him! (I'd have no computer.)” — Facebook fan Brittney Elle
- “[Pancreatic cancer] is a nasty disease. Witnessed it firsthand.
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