10/05/2011 09:39 EDT | Updated 12/05/2011 05:12 EST

Statement from Apple's board regarding co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs' death

Following the death of Apple Inc. co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs on Wednesday, the board of the iPhone and iPad maker released the following 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.

h"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."