Celebrities, politicians, Apple fans, and people across the globe have expressed their grief over Steve Job’s death at the age 56 on Wednesday.
“I would like to put a ding in the universe,” Jobs once said during a speech. Inventor of game-changing devices such as the iPad, iPod, iPhone, and items that were at “the intersection of art and technology,” he guided Apple from a company in serious financial trouble to becoming the richest company in the world.
President Barack Obama said of the visionary, “There may be no greater to tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his death on a device he invented.”
The CEO and face of disputably the most innovative technology company in the world, Jobs died peacefully in his home after battling pancreatic cancer.
Steven Spielberg said of Jobs, “Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips. “
With sights first set in computing, Jobs went on to change music and communication, and also played an essential role in television and movies. His remodeling the technology industry and pursuit of excellence has earned him international respect and honor.
At Apple stores across the globe, mourners are paying their respects attending vigils and bringing flowers while quietly using their Apple products. At the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, where just Tuesday the iPhone 4S was unveiled; flags are flying half-mast while bagpipes played “Amazing Grace.”
Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, expressed a very personal tribute to Jobs, posting on his own site, “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.”
Actor Ashton Kutcher expressed feelings which many share on his Twitter account Wednesday evening, “I never thought I could be so busted up about the loss of someone I never met. #stevejobs.”
Kutcher continued to tweet quotes and tributes to the famed inventor, and #iSad, #ThankYouSteve, and Steve Jobs remained worldwide trending topics on Twitter on Thursday.
A source of inspiration to many, Jobs gave entrepreneurs and start-up companies hope. He is survived by his wife Laurene, and four children.