Time magazine will remember former Apple CEO Steve Jobs with this commemorative cover on its Oct. 17, 2011, issue. Jobs died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.
I learned of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ passing like so many people did–on my iPhone. If it hadn’t been via my iPhone, it most assuredly would have been while browsing the Internet on my Mac computer. Ours is a strictly Macintosh family, and news of the passing of the former Apple exec brought tears to my eyes.
A survey of social media and news outlets last night and today shows I’m not the only one touched by the death of Jobs, 56, the exec who became the face of Apple and a creative force behind Disney Pixar. Many a celebrity spoke out via public statement or Twitter to mourn the loss of someone who can only be described as a brilliant visionary gone too soon. Here are some of those sentiments:
President Obama: “There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”
Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft: “The world rarely sees the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”
Steve Wozniak, Jobs’ early business partner, “People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he ever set for himself.”
Jon Favreau, actor and director: “We lost a man of true vision today. Condolences to the whole Apple family.”
Kim Kardashian: “Wow Steve Jobs died! He was a brilliant man!”
Tom Colicchio, celebrity chef: “RIP Steve Jobs, we have all stood on your shoulders.”
Damon Lindelof, writer and producer of “Lost”: “Steve Jobs, on behalf of every dreamer sitting in his or her garage who is crazy enough to try and change the world, you will be missed.”
Jane Lynch, actress on “Glee”: “We will miss you, Steve Jobs. Sent lovingly from my iPhone.”
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook: “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”
Ashton Kutcher: “I never thought I could be so busted up about the loss of someone I never met.”
Bob Iger, president of The Walt Disney Company: “Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing, the world has lost a real original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend.”
Steve Levitan, writer and co-creator of “Modern Family”: “I’m sorry to hear about the death of Steve Jobs. He was truly one of my heroes. He leaves one hell of a legacy. #iSad.”
Mindy Kaling, actress and writer on “The Office”: “Hard not to think how much Steve Jobs could’ve done with more years. So sad. You’re the best, Steve.”
John Hodgman, who portrayed the “PC” on the PC vs. Mac commercials: “Everything good I have done, I have done on a Mac.”
Ryan Seacrest, radio/TV exec and host of “American Idol”: ” ‘Have the courage to follow ur heart & intuition. They already know what u truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.’ – Steve Jobs”
Here’s hoping we can all follow in Jobs’ footsteps, becoming the very best version of ourselves. If you count yourself among those deeply inspired by the man who made computers personal and accessible to every one of us, then you may be interested in his lone authorized biography, due out Nov. 21.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the book, which is “based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, colleagues, and competitors,” has increased in sales by 42,000 percent since Apple announced Jobs’ death. As of the hour of this posting, the book ranks at No. 3 on Barnes & Noble’s bestseller rankings.
Clearly, his legacy will live on. Rest in peace, Steve.