Tragic News – Apple Reports Steve Jobs Has Died

Official Statement from Apple.com – they’ve put up a website.

It’s also on the front page of The New York Times online edition. Tragic news, statement released by Apple:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being…

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

This is with a hat-tip to Donna Mugavero, who posted it first and will also be sad about the news:

Steve Jobs, from a commencement address at Stanford, 2005

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride … all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

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  • Susan

    What a tragic, tragic loss. The Stanford address says it all, thanks for posting it. And fuck cancer.

  • John Morales

    Tragic, perhaps, but he did himself no favours.

    Jobs’ tumor was discovered in October 2003. He had been getting abdominal scans periodically because of a history of intestinal problems. His doctors noticed a growth that turned out to be an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor – a rare and operable form of pancreatic cancer. With surgery, his long-term prognosis would be good.

    But Jobs sought instead to treat his tumor with a special diet while launching a lengthy exploration of alternative approaches. “It’s safe to say he was hoping to find a solution that would avoid surgery,” says one person familiar with the situation. “I don’t know if he truly believed that was possible. The odd thing is, for us what seemed like an alternative type of thing, for him is normal. It’s not out of the ordinary for Steve.”

    [...]

    Jobs put the procedure off for more than nine months, raising the thorny issue of disclosure. He told the board, and the board decided to say nothing.

    (Source: http://money.cnn.com/2008/03/02/news/companies/elkind_jobs.fortune/index4.htm)

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Sadly, as reported in 2008 – Steve Jobs did rely on alternative medicine.

      As ‘Orac’ says in the comments:

      The specifics of what Jobs did are not that important in this case. There is no good scientific evidence that diet or other similar interventions can cure, or even shrink, this type of tumor. Period. The only known curative modality is surgery, which he eschewed for nine months trying out these “dietary” treatments.

  • Seborgarsen

    Give the man a Darwin Award. I hope his death will be useful as a warning about newage nonsense.

    • John Morales

      No “Darwin Award” is applicable for two reasons:

      1) he had several children. His genes live on.

      2) he did not eliminate himself in an extraordinarily idiotic manner; rather, he hoped to avoid rather brutal surgery.

      More to the point, his legacy has improved many people’s lives.

      (Has yours?)

  • http://extremeconspiracy.net/ Lauren

    REST IN PEACE Mr.Universe Changer – Steve Jobs :(

  • http://www.blackfridaybooksdeals.com/ Ela Richmeier

    Wow, this is very sad. He truly deserves all the honor and more. It brings me back to the time when Apple first became famous. An era long gone.


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