Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Apple boss's sister reveals his final moments

Genius ... Steve Jobs
Apple genius ... Steve Jobs lost his battle with pancreatic cancer

THE sister of late Apple genius Steve Jobs has revealed his last words were: "Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow."

In a touching tribute, Mona Simpson said her brother — the brains behind the iPod, iPhone and iPad — uttered the words as he gazed lovingly at his family.

She added that he was "like a girl in the amount of time he spent talking about love".

Her eulogy, read at Steve's memorial service and published yesterday in the New York Times, added: "Death didn't happen to Steve, he achieved it."

Novelist Mona, 54, only met Steve when they were in their 20s after he was adopted at birth.


She recalled how they first met after she learned she had a long-lost brother, who by then was already a hugely successful inventor.

And she remembered what Steve, who died on October 5 aged 56, told her on the day he first met his wife Laurene: "There's this beautiful woman and she's really smart and she has this dog and I'm going to marry her."

The couple, who were married for 20 years, had three children. All three were in their dad's hospital room hours before his death, when Steve, weakened by his fight against pancreatic cancer, spent time looking at them.

Mona said: "Love was his supreme virtue, his god of gods. He tracked and worried about the romantic lives of the people working with him.

"Whenever he saw a man he thought a woman might find dashing, he called out, 'Hey are you single? Do you wanna come to dinner with my sister?'"

Referring to his trademark outfit, she added: "For an innovator, Steve was remarkably loyal. If he loved a shirt, he'd order 10 or 100 of them. In the Palo Alto house, there are probably enough black cotton turtlenecks for everyone in this church."

And speaking about his last moments, Mona said: "Steve's final words were monosyllables, repeated three times.

"Before embarking, he'd looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life's partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.

"Steve's final words were, OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW."

After being diagnosed with cancer, Steve ignored the protests of family, friends and doctors for nine months and tried to fight his illness with a vegan diet, acupuncture and herbal remedies.

He eventually underwent surgery in 2004, but the cancer had spread by that time to tissue around the pancreas.

Steve told biographer Walter Isaacson: "I really didn't want them to open up my body, so I tried to see if a few other things would work."

At the memorial this month, celebrities and Silicon Valley nobility paid tribute to the Apple co-founder at a private memorial service under tight security at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, US.