New Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook says the company will honor its late co-founder with a “celebration” of his life at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

“Team,” he wrote in a memo to employees on Monday.

“Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week. But I’ve found some comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by Steve and his genius. And I’ve found comfort in both telling and listening to stories about Steve.

“Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at 10 a.m. in the outdoor amphitheater on the Infinite Loop campus. We’ll have more details on AppleWeb closer to the date, including arrangements for employees outside of Cupertino.

“I look forward to seeing you there.

“Tim”

The letter was posted at the 9to5mac website.

Apple maintains a data center in western North Carolina.

Cook earned his MBA at Duke University.

Death due to respiratory arrest

On Monday, Bloomberg news also reported details about Jobs’ death as disclosed by his death certificate. Jobs died last week.

The death certificate shows Jobd died at home in Palo Alto, California, of respiratory arrest caused by a pancreatic tumor at about 3 p.m. on Oct. 5. His occupation was listed as “entrepreneur” in the “high tech” business.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department in San Jose, California, issued the document Monday, listing respiratory arrest as the immediate cause of death, with “metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor” as the underlying cause. There was no autopsy performed.

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) announced Oct. 5 that Jobs, 56, died without providing any details about the time and place. The iconic chief executive officer of the iPhone maker resigned his position Aug. 24. He had been diagnosed in 2003 with a neuroendocrine tumor, a rare form of pancreatic cancer, and underwent a liver transplant in 2009.
Jobs was buried at a non-denominational cemetery in Santa Clara County on Oct. 7. The name of the person who filled out the certificate was blacked out.

Apple unveiled the latest version of its iPhone, the product that accounts for almost half of the company’s sales, on Oct. 4, the day before his death.

The company had notified the Palo Alto, California, police department a few days before his death that Jobs was expected to die. The police department sought to be made aware so it could have patrols ready in case large numbers of mourners gathered at Jobs’s home, Sandra Brown, a spokeswoman for the department, said last week.

Apple declined to comment on the death certificate, spokesman Steve Dowling said Monday.

(Bloomberg news contributed to this report.)

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