Apple CEO Steve Jobs looks on before announcing the new iPhone 3G (Justin Sullivan/GETTY IMAGES)

In a statement on the company’s Web site, Apple announced that Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56. The statement read:

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.

The company changed its homepage to feature nothing but the main navigation and a photo of Jobs alongside the date of his birth and death. Share your memories of the former Apple co-founder and CEO after the break.

The homepage of shows the obituary of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs on iMac computer screens at an Apple Store, one of the first ever to open, in Glendale, California October 5, 2011. (DANNY MOLOSHOK/REUTERS)

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a note to company employees regarding Jobs’s death, according to the Los Angeles Times. Cook said, “We are planning a celebration of Steve's extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon.”

The Post’s Hayley Tsukuyama has collected reactions from notable figures both inside and outside of the technology sector.

In the following video, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak discusses his work with Jobs to found Apple:

In his 2005 commencement address the graduating class at Stanford, Jobs (who attended but never graduated from Reed College in Portland, Ore.) told three stories to the graduating class. During the speech, he issued his oft-mentioned quote, “Stay hungry, stay foolish”:

This May 2007 video includes highlights from The Wall Street Journal’s “All Things D” event where Jobs and Microsoft founder Bill Gates appeared on stage together. “First, I want to clarify, I’m not fake Steve Jobs,” says Gates to laughter:

Time magazine has collected the seven covers Steve Jobs was featured on. He first appeared on the cover in 1982 under the headline, “Striking it rich.” His final appearance was in 2010, shortly after the debut of the iPad.

Tweet — Share your memories about #SteveJobs

We’ve collected some reactions from Twitter as users react to Jobs’s death:

The creations of the brilliant mind of #SteveJobs were some of the greatest exports and ambassadors the U.S. had in the 21st century. RIP.Thu Oct 06 01:54:23 via webOscar Avila

Thank you Steve for giving me a career that didn’t exist when I was a kid. #stevejobsThu Oct 06 01:54:22 via TweetDeckStephanie

@oninnovations His name was “Jobs” and indeed what a Job he did! RIPThu Oct 06 01:37:25 via Twitter for iPhoneFeroz

Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. From all of us at #Obama2012, thank you for the work you make possible every day—including ours.Thu Oct 06 00:28:31 via webBarack Obama

I have never felt so sad for the loss of a person I have never met. I imagine no creative person in the world was unmoved by #stevejobsThu Oct 06 00:35:33 via webKate Anthony

RIP Steve. We will miss you. #SteveJobsThu Oct 06 00:35:32 via webPaul Kueber

I want to have a career like #SteveJobs had. I can die in peace knowing that I left the world a better place.Thu Oct 06 00:35:32 via webWorking Mom Journal

Got to respect a guy who could have anything in this world, and still chose to keep working on his vision until he died! #stevejobsThu Oct 06 00:35:31 via Twitter for iPhoneMichael

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