Steve Jobs reportedly died of respiratory arrest, tumor


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Steve Jobs died from respiratory arrest and a pancreatic tumor, according to his death certificate released Monday.

The Apple co-founder, chairman and former chief executive died Wednesday, Oct. 5, around 3 p.m. in his Palo Alto home, the certificate noted.


Apple and his family announced Jobs’ death Oct. 5 but did not provide any details about the time, place or the cause.

The death certificate, obtained by Bloomberg News from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department in San Jose, listed Jobs’ occupation as ‘entrepreneur.’ In his death, Jobs has been described as an icon, the modern-day equivalent of Thomas Edison or Henry Ford and a person who changed technology and American culture.

A day before Jobs’ death, Apple’s executive team and CEO Tim Cook introduced the new iPhone 4S smartphone. On Friday the iPhone 4S was made available for preorder and sold more than 1 million units in less than 24 hours.

In an e-mail first reported by the website 9to5mac, Cook told Apple employees Monday that a celebration of Jobs’ life would take place at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters Oct. 19.


Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week. But I’ve found some comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by Steve and his genius. And I’ve found comfort in both telling and listening to stories about Steve.

Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at 10am in the outdoor amphitheater on the Infinite Loop campus. We’ll have more details on AppleWeb closer to the date, including arrangements for employees outside of Cupertino.


I look forward to seeing you there.


Cook took over from Jobs as CEO Aug. 24 after Jobs resigned his post. Jobs was named chairman of Apple’s board of directors after stepping down as CEO.

Previously, Cook had been Apple’s chief operating officer, but he had been running the day-to-day operations at Apple since January, when Jobs began what would be his final medical leave from the company.

On two previous occasions, Jobs took a leave of absence from Apple and Cook filled in running the company for him. The first time was in 2003 after Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The second took place in 2009, when Jobs underwent a liver transplant.

[Updated 5:00 p.m.: The Santa Clara County Public Health Department said they were not making Jobs’ death certificate available unless those requesting it would do so in person -- something I wasn’t able to do today from Los Angeles.

However, more details from the death certificate were reported later on Monday by Bloomberg. The certificate said that no autopsy was performed on Jobs’ body and that he was buried at a non-denominational cemetery in Santa Clara County on Oct. 7. The name of the person who filled out Jobs’ death certificate was redacted, the report said.

The Associated Press reported that the death certificate also said that Jobs’ cancerous pancreatic tumor had ‘spread to other organs’.]



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