Visionary Apple & Pixar Co-Founder Steve Jobs Has Passed Away at 56
Very sad news to report today. The AP/NY Times are reporting, with confirmation from Apple, that Apple co-founder, Pixar co-founder, businessman, vanguard and father of four & family man Steven P. Jobs has died today. Steve Jobs, as he was better known, passed away at the age of 56, shortly after resigning from Apple CEO in August. While I know Jobs is known more in the tech world, I thought it important to write something about his death, as his help with Pixar early on and influence on Hollywood is certainly evident. He was a great innovator, a great leader and businessman, and will certainly be missed, but never forgotten.
This is one of those obituaries I thought I'd never have to write, as someone like Steve Jobs is one of those people that you look up and expect to look up to all your life. Details are sparse so far, but Jobs had a liver transplant for cancer in early 2009, and has been very cautious about his health, stepping down as CEO over those concerns just a few months ago. He leaves behind an incredible legacy, with Apple, with Pixar, with everything he has ever been involved in. The Apple website has already posted a remembrance page and listed an email to send them condolences and thoughts if you wish. Here's the message they published:
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 lost a dear friend an an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
Wonderfully said. I'm certain his genius and his inspiration will live in on in many ways, not only with a product that most of you are either looking at this very minute or holding in your pocket, but with future generations, too. Katey Rich from Cinema Blend already published a piece about "Remembering Steve Jobs, Who Made Pixar Possible", recalling how the $5 million he paid to buy Pixar and get it going in the 80's helped set it on the path to Hollywood history as we know it. And our friends at The Pixar Times also just posted their short message: Thanks For Everything, Steve. I'm sure we'll see many remembrances to come.
From the first message released by Apple: "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts." May you rest in peace Steve Jobs, your legacy will live on forever.
New statement released by Steven Spielberg (via Mashable): "Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips." Obama's message about him was wonderful, too.
Published on Facebook: "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." -John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer & Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney/Pixar Animation Studios