Apple Co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs passed away earlier today at the age of 56.  Jobs battled cancer in 2004, underwent a liver transplant in 2009, and just six weeks ago stepped down as CEO of Apple.

The Apple website has been transformed into a tribute to the man that so many loved... see it HERE.

This is the statement released by the company...

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

The Jobs family has also released a statement... see it HERE.

Too young, and taken too soon... but before he left, he changed the world.

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me. - Steve Jobs

If you aren't very familiar with the man himself, invest 15 minutes of your time to watch this video...