Steve Jobs’s Final Words And More Revealed in His Sister’s Eulogy


Dr. Andrew K. Przybylski tries to explain why we all mourned Steve Jobs's death
Dr. Andrew K. Przybylski tries to explain why we all mourned Steve Jobs's death

Mona Simpson, Steve Jobs’s sister, published her eulogy for her brother in The New York Times today. The piece is the most touching, intimate tribute to Steve we’ve seen since his passing.

An excerpt:

Tuesday morning, he called me to ask me to hurry up to Palo Alto. His tone was affectionate, dear, loving, but like someone whose luggage was already strapped onto the vehicle, who was already on the beginning of his journey, even as he was sorry, truly deeply sorry, to be leaving us.

He started his farewell and I stopped him. I said, “Wait. I’m coming. I’m in a taxi to the airport. I’ll be there.”

“I’m telling you now because I’m afraid you won’t make it on time, honey.”

When I arrived, he and his Laurene were joking together like partners who’d lived and worked together every day of their lives. He looked into his children’s eyes as if he couldn’t unlock his gaze.

Until about 2 in the afternoon, his wife could rouse him, to talk to his friends from Apple.

Then, after awhile, it was clear that he would no longer wake to us.

His breathing changed. It became severe, deliberate, purposeful. I could feel him counting his steps again, pushing farther than before.

This is what I learned: he was working at this, too. Death didn’t happen to Steve, he achieved it.

Read the whole piece on The New York Times. Incredible moments and aspects of Steve’s life are revealed from a very unique perspective. Mona Simpson also describes Steve’s last words.

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  • Jessica

    His last words were (as he looked over his family’s shoulders):

    Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow!

    Pretty crazy.

  • jrobles

    Thank you so much for not revealing the final words. Mona Simpson is an excellent writer.

  • ppanah

    amazing read, thanks for posting this. Damn I miss Steve Jobs.

    beautiful story… 

  • Jdsonice

    This was a great read. As read it as a family we all cried, Steve will be missed. He inspired us all. Great piece of writing by Mona Simpson.

  • Castor2

    No matter who actually was this diying man, it is soo touching. “He looked into his children’s eyes as if he couldn’t unlock his gaze.” Through the stories about such a people, we can learn to know ourselves.

  • Ediwnp816

    Very emotional read, I loved it….I wonder what he saw that made him say that?  Did he envisioned/discovered the next big thing for Apple?

  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira


    You clearly DO NOT like/or ever read poetry!

  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira

    So Steve J. was a very emotional person?

    No wonder many people hate him so much.
    In this world, cowards ( ironic bastards ) and heart of iron are placed in high podiums as cool figures.

    Steve was the opposite.
    No wonder.
    Kids, kids emotions are to be Displayed ( a move that will put you in many, many troubles, tho ), it is not a sign of weakness.

  • cadsii

    can we erase this garbage above please

  • randall

    How is it garbage? It was his last words…

  • Myxionpc

    So true ochyming.

    And he showed how capitalism was supposed to work.  By creating products and innovations that people actually wanted and needed, and were willing to pay for.  Not by playing the system, not by buying out and shutting up the competition and cornering the market just for the all mighty buck.

  • UncaughtException

    That was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read.

  • cassandralite

    It’s a safe assumption that everyone reading this blog is reasonably familiar with Apple’s history.  Is anyone else out there suspicious of his sister’s claim that in 1985–more than a year after the Mac’s intro–he allegedly told her that he was working on an “insanely beautiful” computer?  He’d already achieved the “insanely great” Mac, and wouldn’t repeat the feat for another dozen years, with the iMac.  That she would get this part wrong, intentionally or not, makes me think that, as a writer, she’s, uh, not being completely honest with her reporting.  That’s okay; she’s a writer.  That’s what writers do.  But as a piece of reportage, I don’t trust the pixels.

  • Patrick

    Ever heard of NeXT ?



    Found this awesome bio on Mona filled with pics, video where she talked about Steve right here—>

  • antonio

    Yes..i have heard of NeXT and let me tell you something about NeXT computer boy according to PC WORLD magazine (I did read the whole article – 3 whole page) It was at time the most advanced computer and operating system that anyone as ever seen, it was advanced not by little to other computers but something like 5 years, it was also beautifull. The computer or operating system was not a problem, the problem was the price it was something like 5 thousend dollar and that was a over 25 years a go. If NeXT computer would have costed 8-900 dollars, the computer scene would have been very different today.
    I hope you can learn from this piece of istory.

  • gareth edwards

    The full article is a great read. In a world of reality celebrities wheeling out every part of their life to keep their pointless careers alive it’s nice to read something of substance about a man, whose life was at all times both highly visible and also amazingly private.  

    I find myself feeling a little ghoulish reading all this stuff about Steve in his most private of moments, something like this I feel perhaps I could live without knowing, but reading it, I know it’s not trying to sell a tv show or a soft drink, this is writing from the heart, writing that records events and that adds to our human history.

    Must be tough, even for a professional writer to write about such personal moments. His last words I find strangely haunting, fitting and uplifting. I hope he went out smiling.

  • Ed_Kel

    Aren’t moderators supposed to take a scalpel to comment threads? What happened to the other 120 comments?

  • Ed_Kel

    What’s iStory?

  • cassandralite

    Are you saying that he was telling his sister, who was at the time using a manual typewriter, to buy a NeXT workstation?  Yeah, right, I can’t believe I didn’t think of that.  Thanks.