Steve Jobs Funeral Is Friday, Sources Say

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The funeral for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is taking place Friday, a person familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal.

The funeral will be a very private ceremony," Lt. Sandra Brown, a spokeswoman for the Palo Alto police department, told She believes it is being held outside of the city of Palo Alto, even though Jobs lived within the city limits.

The event comes two days after Jobs -- who invented ever-sleeker gadgets such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad that transformed everyday technology -- died at age 56. Jobs passed away Oct. 5 after battling an undisclosed illness.

He previously underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant.

There is no public memorial planned for Jobs' death, said an Apple spokesman.

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In a letter to Apple's employees on Wednesday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said that the company is "planning a celebration of Steve's extraordinary life" for staff that will take place soon.

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives," Apple's board said in a statement immediately following his death. "The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."

The world reacted Thursday with a massive outpouring of support. The news of Jobs death led to impromptu memorials at Apple stores around the nation, and statements from countless friends and public officials.

President Barack Obama said in a statement that Jobs "exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity."

News services contributed to this report.