(RNN) – Former Apple CEO and founder Steve Jobs whom many refer to as a visionary who revolutionized the computer industry passed away at the age of 56 yesterday.
Over the course of his 35 years at Apple, Jobs built a legacy changing the world with Apple’s notorious iPhone, iPod and iPad.
The college dropout, who eventually became a billionaire, was repeatedly quoted as saying, “I want to put a dent in the universe.”
Apple paid tribute to its founder in a statement on its website.
“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius and the world has lost an amazing human being,” the statement read.
“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.”
President Barack Obama said Jobs “exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity.”
“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,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House.
“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.”
Seven years ago, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and took two leaves of absence from the company. He also received a liver transplant in 2009.
In his resignation letter to the company, Jobs said he had accepted that it was time for him to leave the day-to-day operations.
“I have 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,” he said. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Apple announced that Jobs had resigned as CEO on Aug. 24, which brought about speculations of his health condition. He was replaced by longtime Apple executive Tim Cook.
Survivors include his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, daughters Erin and Eve, and his son, Reed.
Apple is asking people who want to share their condolences and remembrances of Jobs to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.