The White House issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:
Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. 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.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And 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. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee: Jobs was “an American original whose bold, brilliant ideas transformed the technology landscape, from the personal computer to the iPod and from the iPhone to the iPad. His unique, elegant designs delighted millions around the world while revolutionizing the way we experience music, movies and books.”
Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple Computer:
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.
Motion Picture Association of America CEO Chris Dodd, a former Democratic senator from Connecticut: "He was a pioneer, and helped all of us better understand how technologists and creators can work together to enrich and enliven our shared world. If anyone ever wonders whether one person can make a difference, the answer is Steve Jobs. He will be deeply, deeply missed."
Recording Industry Association of America Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman: “Steve was a larger-than-life personality -- passionate about music and one of its biggest fans and advocates. He was a true visionary who forever transformed how fans access and enjoy music.”
Statement from Jobs family: Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.
We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.
Tweet from President Obama: Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. From all of us at #Obama2012, thank you for the work you make possible every day—including ours.
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.
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Twitter: Steve Jobs was a great California innovator who demonstrated what an independent and creative mind can accomplish.
Bill Gates: “It’s been an insanely great honor…” (hattip to Jobs’ famous slogan)
“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work. Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”
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.”
Tweet by Spike Lee:
@SpikeLee 3 apples change the World, the Holy Bible apple, the Newton apple and the Mr. Jobs APPLE ,,, R.I.P :(
From Flesh Eating Zipper, blogsite on Games, Entertainment and Technology:
“Steve Jobs Heads to the iCloud in the Sky.
“We can fully expect Steve Jobs to take over for God in six months. In a year, iHeaven will release. You can obtain salvation for 50% more than you’d pay for it elsewhere. ….Don’t expect to get into Heaven unless you’re using iTunes. Zune and Spotify users, straight to Hell with the rest of the PC using swine. The Pearly Gates will be renamed the Pearly Entrance to remove any Microsoft reference.
All joking aside we are truly sad by his passing and our sincere condolences go out to his family.”