(Editor's Note: This story comes from Aaron Selverston, editor of our sister site in California, Palo Alto Patch)
Palo Alto resident and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has died at age 56.
Jobs' death was announced by Apple in a statement this afternoon.
Job's family released the following statement this afternoon:
"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."
A long-time Palo Alto resident, Jobs has been in poor health since having surgery for pancreatic cancer.
Palo Alto Patch columnist Lisen Stromberg wrote this firsthand account of .
A black and white photograph depicting Jobs now adorns the home page of Apple.
Jobs was fundamental in the design and popularization of the personal computer, graphical user interface, the mouse, and other technologies that have fundamentally altered human society, such as the iPhone and iTunes.
Palo Alto Patch invites you to .