Santa Clara Releases Steve Jobs Death Certificate

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The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has released the death certificate for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, listing his cause of death as respiratory arrest caused by a pancreatic tumor. The document shows his time of death as 3PM on October 5, the day after Apple unveiled the new iPhone 4S.

Mr. Jobs passed away at his Palo Alto home, according to Bloomberg, and was buried in a Santa Clara non-denominational cemetery on October 7.

Apple's Web tribute to Steve JobsApple’s Web tribute to Steve Jobs

Apple announced last Wednesday that Mr. Jobs had passed away and updated the company Web site with a special tribute to its former CEO.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

Mr. Jobs had suffered from pancreatic cancer, and later received a liver transplant. He stepped down as company CEO in late August and took on the role of Chairman of the Board.

Apple plans to host a private celebration of Mr. Jobs’s life for company employees on Wednesday, October 19.

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OK fine.
Bur at some point there is such a thing as too much information.
I don’t think official death certificates (Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson, etc.), 911 tapes (numerous murder and hostage situations), autopsy reports (Amy Winehouse, etc.), and such need to be in the public record. At some point it becomes disrespectful.

Dave Hamilton

I agree, geoduck. In this case, though, I think this information is quite helpful. It is the first time that the time of day and, more importantly, the cause of death has been confirmed. Prior to this there was nothing but speculation (and plenty of it) over both. Bringing that to an end is exactly the reason for this sort of information.

But yes, as a society we are dancing closer and closer to that TMI line.

Jeff Gamet

I debated whether or not to cover the death certificate, but ultimately decided to go ahead since there have been so many questions. I’m hoping my article came across tastefully since we’re dealing with such a sensitive topic and it’s far too easy to accidentally cross over the fine line between reasonable news and sensationalizing.


No your article was well done. I also agree in this case that there was a bunch of rampant speculation (including by a few here) about some sort of death-time-consperacy-coverup-gate. In that respect I think you did handle it well by just confirming what essentially we already knew. Far better than some of the other deaths where less than honourable news sources (usually those connected with a well known Australian-American media mogul) have fed speculation for ratings and broadcast tapes, photos, and other material that IMO was disrespectful and really quite distasteful.

You handled this well.

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