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Steve Jobs’s funeral a private affair

The funeral of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was a small but well-attended affair, according to news reports. Mourners said goodbye to Jobs, who was famously private about his personal life, at a gathering Sunday night on the campus of Stanford University .

According to the New York Times, attendees included Bill Clinton, Microsoft co-founder and Jobs’s long-time business rival Bill Gates and singer Joan Baez, who once dated Jobs. Others, the report said, included Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Dell CEO Michael Dell and Pixar’s John Lasseter. Others, the San Jose Mercury News reported, included Google chief executive Larry Page, former vice president and Apple board member Al Gore, and News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and actor Tim Allen were also reportedly among the attendees. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski also attended.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the event came a little more than a week after a small gathering for Jobs’s family and close friends. Sunday’s event was held at the university’s Memorial Church, and included a reception, the report said.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) declared Sunday to be “Steve Jobs Day” in the state of California, The San Francisco Examiner reported.

“His innovations transformed an industry, and the products he conceived and shepherded to market have changed the way the entire world communicates. Steve Jobs embodied the California dream,” Brown said.

Apple will hold its own memorial service for Jobs on Wednesday.

Jobs, 56, died at home Oct. 5, and was buried in a non-denominational cemetery on Oct. 7,Bloomberg reported. The certificate listed his cause of death as respiratory arrest tied to his years-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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