Apple Inc. made the somber announcement that co-founder Steve Jobs died on Wednesday at age 56. “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” the company stated. “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.”

A legendary pioneer, Steve Jobs’ was a true innovator whose technological trailblazing vastly influenced culture and modern will continue to inspire generations to come.

Born in 1955, Jobs was adopted and raised in Mountainview, California. It was there while in high school he met fellow budding computer enthusiast Steve Wozniak, the man with whom in 1976, started Apple Computers in his garage at the age of 21, YNN reports.

AP News stated,

“Steve Jobs saw the future and led the world to it. He moved technology from garages to pockets, took entertainment from discs to bytes and turned gadgets into extensions of the people who use them. Jobs, who founded and ran Apple, told us what we needed before we wanted it.”

“To some people, this is like Elvis Presley or John Lennon. It’s a change in our times. It’s the end of an era,” said Scott Robbins, 34, a barber and Apple enthusiast. “It’s like the end of the innovators.”

Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause, although experts now claim it was cancer more than likely. He died peacefully on Wednesday, according to a family statement.

AP reports that Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after being on hiatus for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January – his third since his health problems began – and resigned in August. Jobs became Apple’s chairman and handed the CEO job over to his handpicked successor, Tim Cook.

President Barack Obama’s gave official words of condolence:

“[Jobs] exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity… Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world and talented enough to do it,”

View MSNBC’s Homegoing tribute to the technology innovator below:

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