Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who is considered one of the greatest entrepreneurs and inventors of his time, died on Oct. 5, 2011, after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56 when he died.
Steve Jobs on Death: ‘No One Wants to Die’
When people think of Mr. Jobs’s commencement address to Stamford’s class of 2005, they always refer to the famous “stay hungry, stay foolish,” ending. AppleInsider flagged up another key moment from that speech. At one point, Mr. Jobs referred to his diagnosis and mortality. He discussed the day the tumor on his pancreas was found and how it changed his thinking towards death. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” he told the students.
Despite his positivity at the Stamford address, Mr. Jobs’s condition required him to go on medical leave in January 2009. He returned to the Apple stage on September 9, 2009, following a liver transplant. At teh event, he praised the “generosity” of his donor before unveiling a new set of iPad nanos. He would go on to live for over two years before his death in October 2011. Tim Cook had been appointed his permanent successor as CEO just six weeks earlier. He paid tribute to his predecessor and mentor:
“A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” — Maya Angelou. You’re always with us Steve, your memory connects and inspires us every day. pic.twitter.com/X85bjObkPK
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 5, 2020
To this day, debate and controversy surround the medical and care decisions Mr. Jobs made for himself. Some wonder if he could have lived longer had he taken a different approach. We, obviously, will never know that. What we do know is that his ideals remain as relevant to Apple as they ever did, with the company’s Apple Park campus the ultimate tribute.