Apple has said that it's former CEO Steve Jobs has died. 

The Apple.com website has a picture of Steve Jobs that links through to the following statement. 

"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." 

Customers and fans are asked to stare their thoughts, memories, and condolences by sending an email to rememberingsteve@apple.com.

Steve Jobs at UK Apple iPhone launch taken by Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint

Apple confirmed the news on its website to the press with the following statement from its Board of Directors:

"CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 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."

Steve Jobs' family has issued the following statement: 

"PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Steve Jobs’ family today made the following statement regarding his death:

Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief."

Read the industry and the world's reaction to the news: Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011: The world pays tribute and some of the UK tech journalists thoughts from when he resigned as CEO - Steve Jobs' resignation from Apple: Industry reaction

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