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Report: Steve Jobs cause of death was respiratory arrest

Apple's home page, as it has been since last Wednesday afternoon, when Steve Jobs died.
Apple's home page, as it has been since last Wednesday afternoon, when Steve Jobs died.Apple

Steve Jobs' cause of death is listed as respiratory arrest caused by a pancreatic tumor, according to a report.

Jobs, 56, died about 3 p.m. last Wednesday at his home in Palo Alto, Bloomberg News said. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department issued the death certificate Monday.

"Respiratory arrest was listed as the immediate cause of death, with 'metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor' listed as the underlying cause, according to the certificate, Bloomberg said. "Jobs’s death occurred five years after the onset of the tumor, according to the certificate."

Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, and received a liver transplant in 2009.

The death certificate also says there was no autopsy. Bloomberg said that Jobs was "buried at a non-denominational cemetery in Santa Clara County on Oct. 7."

Jobs, who co-founded Apple, now one of the most valuable companies in America by market capitalization, was listed as “entrepreneur” in the “high tech” business under "occupation" on the death certificate, Bloomberg said.

On Monday, Apple's home page continued its memorial to Jobs with a black-and-white photo of him and his birth and death dates.

Meanwhile, CEO Tim Cook said in an email to employees that the company will celebrate Jobs' life in a private gathering at 10 a.m. Oct 19 at Apple's Cupertino campus:

"Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place," Cook said in the email, posted on website 9to5mac.

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