Steve Jobs, the creative mastermind behind Apple and many of the last decade's best loved products, has died in California at the age of 56.
Jobs had been battling with pancreatic cancer, and in August he stepped aside as Apple's CEO.
In a statement his family said that he "died peacefully today surrounded by his family … We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief".
Jobs was one of the pioneers of Silicon Valley, and together with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, he marketed what was considered to be the world's first PC, the Apple II.
More recently he has been associated with Apple's sleek and hugely successful products, including the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad.
Jobs was also well known for his visionary statements and inspiring speeches. In 1993, he told the Wall Street Journal: "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful … that's what matters to me."