Apple has announced that Steve Jobs passed away today, October 5th, 2011. Press release follows.

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

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.

Jobs was 56, and leaves behind his wife Laurene, and numerous other family members. Apple has posted a page in his memory, along with an email address for condolences here.

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