Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. memorialized co-founder Steve Jobs, who died Oct. 5, with a celebration for employees that featured a performance by Coldplay and tributes from company leaders.
Coldplay could be heard just outside the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters, where Apple hosted a memorial today. Singer Norah Jones also performed, and Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and director Bill Campbell made remarks, according to postings on Twitter by people who said they attended or watched the event.
Apple stores were closed for part of the day to give staffers a chance to watch a broadcast of the memorial. Representatives of the company didn’t return messages seeking comment.
Jobs, who returned to Apple in 1997 as interim CEO and guided it from near bankruptcy to become the most valuable technology company, died after a battle with a rare form of cancer. His death was met with an outpouring of grief from customers and admirers who laid flowers and posted tributes on the walls of Apple stores. A separate private memorial service was held on Oct. 16.
“Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor,” Cook said in a note to employees after Jobs died. “Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”
Apple regularly recruits well-known performers for its events. Jones and Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin performed when Apple has unveiled new iPod music players.
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