Steve Jobs' last words: Oh wow
Late Apple founder's sister's eulogy reveals how the tech genius spent his final hours telling family he was sorry, describes his last moments
Steve Jobs' sister has revealed her brother's last moments and the enigmatic words he uttered before he died.
In a touching eulogy at his memorial service on October 16, Mona Simpson described how the Apple founder passed away surrounded by his loved ones.
She told the group of mourners at the Memorial Church of Stanford University that Steve Jobs looked at his wife and children, then beyond them, before uttering, "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."
Describing his death in the eulogy, she 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 wife Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them, before saying his final words."
His sister recalled that, as he was dying, he seemed to be climbing.
"His breath indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, altitude," she said.
"Laurene [his wife] next to him on the bed sometimes jerked up when there was a longer pauses between his breaths," she said.
He treasured happiness: Mona Simpson (above) said her brother Steve
Jobs loved life and was 'girl-like' when it came to matters of the heart.
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She told how he had called her the day before and told her 'hurry up to Palo Alto' and that he was 'sorry, truly deeply sorry, to be leaving us'.
Mona, a novelist and a professor of English at the University of California, first met her brother when she was a struggling writer in New York aged 25.
Speaking about his work ethic, she said, "He was never embarrassed about working hard, even if the results were failures." The father-of-four was a man who lived for his family and lived for love, she said, describing him as 'girl-like' when it came to matters of the heart. She said, "Love was his supreme virtue, his god of gods. He tracked and worried about the romantic lives of the people working with him.
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