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Steve Jobs dies at 56; Bill Gates releases statement

Source: Apple

Steve Jobs, co-founder and (up until a month ago) CEO of Apple and chief executive of Pixar, died late Wednesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Apple officially released a statement confirming his death around 7:45pm EDT.

Bill Gates, current chairman of Microsoft, released this statement:

I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

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.