By Josh Visser, CTVNews.ca Staff
Updated: Wed. Oct. 5 2011 10:19 PM ETApple's iconic co-founder Steve Jobs dies at 56
Jobs had stepped down as CEO in August due to health problems.
He had been previously stricken with pancreatic cancer and had struggled with health issues since 2004.
"Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family," his relatives said in a brief statement.
"In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve."
Apple announced his death without naming a specific cause.
The company's new CEO, Tim Cook, broke the news to staff in an email Wednesday.
"I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today," he wrote.
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