The Final Days Of Steve Jobs

The Final Days Of Steve Jobs

The final days of Steve Job's life revealed one surprise after another, starting with the remarkably humble way the billionaire genius lived.

Jobs lived with his wife and their three children in Palo Alto, California. It is a beautiful house, but it's not the kind of house where you'd expect the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison to live.

There is no gate, no security guards, and quite fittingly, there's even an apple tree in the front yard.

Jobs was so weak toward the end that he couldn't climb the stairs in his own house, so he slept in a ground floor bedroom.  

Though his body grew more feeble by the day, his spirit never dimmed, nor did his love for his wife, Laurene.

"Clearly their relationship included a sense of humor, and clearly patience. She showed up with him at a couple of Apple events, but endured a lot of time when he was away from the family. He worked some long hours," said technology correspondent John Fort.

Job's sister, the novelist Mona Simpson, said her ailing brother bid a heartfelt goodbye to his loved ones.

"His tone was tenderly apologetic at the end. He felt terrible that he would have to leave us," said Simpson.

"During the final days, the final months, everybody beat a path to his door saying, 'I just want to pay my respects, and I just want to say goodbye.' Over and over again he would just say 'No I just want to have dinner with my family'," said New York Times  reporter David Pogue.

We're also learning about the people Jobs reached out to in his final days.  They included
Disney Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger, and author Walter Isaacson, who is writing Jobs's biography.

Jobs who was famously private told the author he agreed to tell the story because, "I wanted my kids to know me. I wasn't always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did."