A copy of Steve Jobs’ death certificate made public on Monday revealed that the former CEO died peacefully in his home last week from respiratory arrest.
Jobs battled pancreatic cancer and was in poor health for a number of years leading up to his death. The cancer spread to Jobs’ lungs, thus causing the fatal breathing failure. The cancer had reportedly spread to many other organs as well.
Diagnosed in 2004, Jobs resisted chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Then, in 2009, Job received a liver transplant. Over the course of three leaves of absences from Apple, Jobs finally resigned from Apple in August, leaving his position to Tim Cook.
The death certificate was released by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and said that Jobs suffered from a metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor for the past five years. The certificate indicated the ultimate cause of death was respiratory arrest that was caused by the tumor.
Named a “high-tech entrepreneur” on the certificate, Jobs was an internationally renowned visionary who changed the way the world accesses online content. In 1976 he started Apple Inc. along with Steve Wozniak in his parent’s garage.
Jobs died last week aged 56, leaving behind his wife and three adult children. The Apple co-founder was buried Friday in his hometown of Palo Alto, Calif.
His death came only one day after Apple released information on the latest iPhone technology, the iPhone 4S, which will go on sale Friday. Last week, preorders for the new device topped 1 million, higher than the previous version of the iPhone.
Apple fans visited stores across the globe honoring Jobs with flowers and gifts while using their Apple devices the day after his death.
Apple is commemorating Jobs in an employee-only memorial service on Wednesday at the company’s main headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.