Cupertino, Calif. - Steve Jobs, Apple founder and industry visionary, has died.
He was 56.
Apple released the news Wednesday evening. The company website carried the following message.
"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."
Jobs had resigned as Apple CEO on Aug. 24, citing his inability to continue with his duties. He was replaced by Tim Cook, but Jobs retained his position as Apple's chairman of the board.
Jobs had taken previous health-related sabbaticals and had suffered from pancreatic cancer, which published reports cited as the cause of his death.