It’s no secret that Steve Jobs was battling a number of health issues over the the past few years, even recently stepping down from his position as Apple’s CEO.

However, today’s sad news still comes as somewhat of a shock. Apple has released the following statement confirming the rumors that Apple co-founder and true visionary Steve Jobs has unfortunately passed away 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 inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve Jobs’ family and close friends, and Steve, we thank you for all that you’ve done for this industry. This site would not exist if it were not for your truly inspiring creations. We wish you eternal happiness in the iCloud in the sky.