Apple Founder Steve Jobs passes away at 56

Apple's  Founder and Former CEO Steve Jobs has passed away today, at the age of 56. Jobs has battled a rare form of pancreatic cancer for the last several years and sadly, he lost that battle today. TV news organizations including CNN, Fox News Channel and CNBC reported late in the 7 p.m. ET hour that Apple confirmed the news. MSNBC reported the news as Lawrence O'Donnell led off his The Last Word show at 8. CBS News broke into network programming at 7:50 ET. Anchor Scott Pelley said the network was breaking in because "An American Edison has died."
Jobs had been battling a long illness and recently stepped down from his position at the company. He was 56 years old. The Apple website posted the following message on their website: 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 an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. News that Steve Jobs had died also prompted statements from a number of people who had known him. Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Co., issued this statement, stressing how Jobs had not only had a major impact on the consumer electronics industry but on "millions of people" and the culture of the 21st century, which has been heavily influenced by devices that Apple under Jobs' direction had brought to market: "Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined. Steve was such an 'original,' with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started.