Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs has passed away aged 56. This sad news comes just a little over a month after Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple, the company he co-founded in 1976. Apple's new CEO Tim Cook summed up the loss in an email to the company's employees today: "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being."

The following is the official statement from Apple's Board of Directors:

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. 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."

As well as co-founding Apple with Steve Wozniak and overseeing the company's incredible renaissance in recent years, Jobs' remarkable business achievements included the co-founding of Pixar Animation Studios. Jobs also served on the board of The Walt Disney Company after Disney and Pixar merged in 2006.

Apple has called for those of us (and there will be many) who would would like to share thoughts, memories and condolences to send an email to rememberingsteve@apple.com.

R.I.P. Mr. Jobs, you will be missed.