The technology world was saddened to learn today that Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., has passed away. He was 56 years old.

Apple’s board of directors released this statement:

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.

Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple on August 24, naming Tim Cook as his successor. Jobs had suffered from pancreatic cancer and went on medical leave at the beginning of this year.

To remember him, watch his famous 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University entitled “How To Live Before You Die:”

Here are some of our favorite posts celebrating this world-changing icon: