On Wednesday, the world was surprised with the news that 56 year-old Steve Jobs had passed away. Even if we didn’t know him, Steve held a little place in all of our hearts. If it weren't for Steve Jobs, you'd have no iTunes playlist. You could forget about those funny pictures you like to take in Photo Booth. And you know how your iPhone politely apologizes for your bad grammar? Yeah, that was him, too.
The brains behind the Apple brand passed away after speculation that his health had been deteriorating. His family said in a statement that Jobs "died peacefully today surrounded by his family."
The family's statement reads:
"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."
President Obama also issued a statement after Jobs' death was announced, saying:
"Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it."
The President added that Jobs "was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world."
And while it's hard to pay tribute in 140 characters or less, celebs took to Twitter to express their sadness.
Ellen DeGeneres: I just finished my show and I heard the news about Steve Jobs. He was an amazing man with an incredible vision. He changed the world.
Neal Patrick Harris: Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. Your genius will live on for generations to come...
Ashton Kutcher: We have all surfed on the wake of Steve Jobs ship. Now we must learn to sail, but we will never forget our skipper.
Ricky Martin: Where is the excitement gonna come from. We won't see another you in this lifetime. Thank you for everything Steve! :o(
Jane Lynch: We will miss you, Steve Jobs. Sent lovingly from my iPhone.
Eva Longoria: My heart goes out for the family of Steve Jobs. What an inspiration he was to us all and a creative visionary for the world! You will be missed.
Wear your favorite black turtlenecks today, people. RiP, Steve. RiP.