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Who wrote the Steve Jobs obituary at Apple.com?

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Steve Jobs has passed away and his legacy is evident: the Apple.com homepage carries his photo; once you click on it, this message appears:

“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.”

But who wrote this?

Apparently, the short paragraph or obituary about the founder of Apple, Inc. is attributed to the current CEO, Tim Cook.

The full text was a memo sent out to Apple, Inc. employees, that read as follows:

Team,

I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

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.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email rememberingsteve(at)apple.com.

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

Tim

A beautiful way to say goodbye to Apple, Inc. visionary Steve Jobs.


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