Shortly after Apple announced Wednesday (October 5) that co-founder Steve Jobs had died, celebrities of all kinds — including the president himself — are paying tribute and mourning the loss of the technology giant.
"Steve was among the greatest of American innovators — brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it," President Obama said in a statement. "By building one of the planet's most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. ... The world has lost a visionary."
Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to remember that visionary. "An innovator. Contributed so much to this generation & beyond. RIP Steve Jobs," the Young Money MC wrote shortly after the announcement.
Jobs' longtime rival in the digital race, Microsoft's Bill Gates, released a heartfelt statement after Apple's announcement: "I'm truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs' death. ... Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. 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."
The Black Eyed Peas' will i am urged: "i hope the youth chooses to be like steve jobs...we need more innovators."
Ryan Seacrest offered his remembrance with a quote from the businessman himself, writing, " 'Have the courage to follow ur heart & intuition. They already know what u truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.' - Steve Jobs."
Ellen DeGeneres learned of the news shortly after wrapping up her talk show. "I just finished my show and I heard the news about Steve Jobs," the comedian tweeted. "He was an amazing man with an incredible vision. He changed the world."
Pharrell Williams referred to Jobs as "our modern day Leonardo da Vinci" on Twitter. "From Apple to Pixar, what a great life lived. He will be missed."
Tyra Banks used one of Apple's many revolutionary products to mourn the news, tweeting, "As I type on my iPhone, tears spring2 my eyes4an amazingMan I never met. His genius has touched us all. Steve Jobs, you will b/with us 4ever."
The Roots' ?uestlove remembered Jobs as more than just the Apple co-founder: "Adopted. DropOut. FontLover. LSDlover. Dreamer. Innovator. Fired from his own Apple 1ce. Pixarlogist. 338 PATENTS! philanthropist. #JOBS."