News / Updates — 02 November 2011

Steve Jobs’s last words according to his sister’s eulogy published in The New York Times

Samarpan from the UK brought our attention to novelist Mona Simpson’s memorial-service eulogy for her brother Steve Jobs which was published in The New York Times.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

It is worth reproducing the final paragraphs:

He told me, when he was saying goodbye and telling me he was sorry, so sorry we wouldn’t be able to be old together as we’d always planned, that he was going to a better place.

Dr. Fischer gave him a 50/50 chance of making it through the night.

He made it through the night, Laurene next to him on the bed sometimes jerked up when there was a longer pause between his breaths. She and I looked at each other, then he would heave a deep breath and begin again.

This had to be done. Even now, he had a stern, still handsome profile, the profile of an absolutist, a romantic. His breath indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, altitude.

He seemed to be climbing.

But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve’s capacity for wonderment, the artist’s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later.

Steve’s final words, hours earlier, 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!

You can read the full eulogy here: The New York Times: A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs (30.10.11)

And each journalist interpretes the words in their own way:

The Guardian: Steve Jobs’s last words: ‘Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow’ (31.10.11)
The Times (not free): Steve Jobs ‘achieved’ death? That takes the iBiscuit (2.11.11)
The Washington Post: Steven Jobs’s ‘oh wow’ and other last words (1.11.11)
And many more…

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