WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Steve Jobs, the visionary leader of Apple Inc. who introduced the world to personal computers, then the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad, died on Wednesday following a long battle with cancer.
He was 56.
"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," the company said in a statement it posted on its website Wednesday night. The statement did not cite a specific cause of death.
Jobs announced in August that he was stepping down as head of the hugely successful technology company he co-founded in a northern California garage 35 years ago. The announcement was thin on details, although speculation immediately turned to his ongoing health problems.
He first had surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer back in 2004, received a liver transplant in 2009 and took three medical leaves at Apple before turning over the helm to Timothy D. Cook, then chief operating officer, in August. But, even after he left, Jobs was still engaged in the company's affairs, The New York Times reported Wednesday night.
In a letter to Apple's board of directors in August, Jobs said he "always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."
This much was known about the health of Jobs, a legendarily private man: Since 2004, he had been fighting a rare form of pancreatic cancer called neuroendocrine cancer.
Although neither Apple nor Jobs' family has given a cause of death, a cancer expert speculated that Jobs' death was due to the neuroendocrine cancer.
"I have never treated him or seen his medical records, but it certainly fits with the treatments that have been acknowledged," said Dr. Steven Libutti, director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer C
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