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Steve Jobs' Last Words

Oct. 31, 2011



Steve Jobs's sister, Mona Simpson, delivered her brother's eulogy at an Oct. 16 service for him at Stanford Memorial Church.

Simpson is a novelist and a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. She met Jobs for the first time in her mid-20s. She was born in 1957, two years after Jobs, who was given up for adoption as an infant, according to Yahoo! News.

In the eulogy that was printed in the New York Times on Sunday, Simpson wrote: "Even as a feminist, my whole life I'd been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I'd thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother."

Simpson said Jobs was surrounded by his loved ones when he passed, including his wife, Laurene who slept next to him on the bed his last night.

He told her he was sorry -- so sorry -- they wouldn't be able to be old together as they had always planned, and that he was going to a better place.

"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:


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