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The Internet Reacts to the Death of Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011 and, of course, the internet exploded. No, it wasn't done by a contract killer; he succumbed to the disease after years of battle. Known for being an avid reader of the best Spiderman graphic novels, the man behind the iPod gave users the chance to lisen to different types of rock music and that one hip hop country song. Before we asked who has the most followers on TikTok, it was a simpler time despite the rise of clickbait titles. When the first iPhone was released, it revolutionized how we got our news and info, even if you're asking Google who Ed Sheeran's girlfriend is. Instead of watching the best TV series on Amazon Prime, we should check out some Apple TV+ shows.

So, from the heartfelt and warm, to the clever, to the horribly ill-timed, morbid and inappropriately distasteful, to some generally good observations, here's a roundup of how the internet reacted to the death of Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs. RIP. May he rest in peace.

  • 1

    Margie Phelps Takes the Hypocrisy Up Yet ANOTHER Notch

    Wait for it. This is awesome.

    One of the Phelps family (who runs/organizes the hate group that call themselves "The Westboro Baptist Church", an organization who protests military, LGBT and other random funerals/events in the name of alienating the world) decided to tweet about how Steve Jobs's funeral will be picketed.

    This is a horrible thing to do and everyone already hates them for it, sure.

    The gold of this message? It was sent from an iPhone. Beautiful. Just. Beautiful.
  • 2

    BoingBoing Wins for Sweetest Tribute

    As soon as the news hit Boing Boing changed their layout to look like a classic Mac desktop, complete with icons.
  • 3 Pays Full Front Page Tribute with Quotes from Big Names in Tech and More

    Some quotes include:

    "The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely."
    — Bill Gates

    "Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."
    — Mark Zuckerberg

    "Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar's DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time."
    — John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, and Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

    "I got one of the first Macs, and my relationship with computers fundamentally changed. In both of his incarnations at Apple, he was a visionary. He provided tools. His victories were based on imagination and courage."
    — Roger Ebert, Pulitzer-prize winning film critic

    "The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve's wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him."
    — President Barack Obama
  • 4

    The Bill Gates Death Jokes (Because Of Course They Happened)