CUPERTINO, Calif. (

TheStreet

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Apple

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CEO Steve Jobs has died, the tech giant confirmed in a statement released after market close. He was 56.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," reads the

statement

from Apple's board. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives."

Steve Jobs passed away Wednesday at the age of 56.

Widely acknowledged as one of Silicon Valley's greatest innovators, Jobs stepped down from the

Apple CEO's role

in August, although was continuing as chairman of the company's board.

Jobs had fought pancreatic cancer during the last few years, but remained a visible figurehead at Apple, despite medical leaves of absence.

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives," the statement continued. "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."

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