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Local reaction to Apple icon Steve Jobs death

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has died. A statement from the apple board of directors announced his death tonight at the age of 56.

This is news that many thought would come sooner rather than later as he recently stepped down from Apple for the second time due to ill health. Regardless, news of his death still comes as a shock to millions of people who use apple products everyday.

Jobs resigned suddenly as CEO of Apple on August 25th, after taking an extended medical leave of absence. He had been battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer since 2004 and in 2009 had a liver transplant.

We spoke with some people in Rochester, many of them are saddened by the news, but are optimistic Apple will continue to be a leader in technology and the stock market.

"I think that the passing of Steve Jobs won't take as big of a hit on the stock market as people might think. I think the iPhone 4 which is released coming to all 3 carriers and the new iPods coming out with iCloud services and especially with the new operation system, I think that is going to help the stocks," said Phil Landskog.

"We surely have lost a visionary inventor, and an entrepreneur," explained Sharon Ndichu.

"Since he has had this illness for quite some time, they should be prepared, they probably have some kind of plan in place," stated Matt Durski.

Jobs co-founded Apple in a garage at his home in Silicon Valley, California and built it into the world's leading tech company.Apple products such as the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod changed the world as we know it and each product was introduced by Jobs himself.

Steve Jobs' is survived by his wife, Laura and four children.

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