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Monday, October 10, 2011

Police Knew Job’s Death Was Pending Inimate

Story first appeared in the Chronicle with Bloomberg.

Apple Inc. security officials met with police in Palo Alto, California, this week to notify them that Steve Jobs was close to death, a spokeswoman with the police department said.
Following the meeting, the police devised a plan to put patrols in the area around the former Apple chief executive officer's Palo Alto home once they heard from the company that he had died, according to the spokeswoman.
The Apple representatives told the police department there was a possibility that it could happen this week, and that it's common sense for us to work together.  Apple added that if you think about who he was and his contribution to the world, people might come out in masses.
Jobs, who resigned as Apple's CEO on Aug. 24, died Oct. 5, the Cupertino, California-based company said. Jobs, 56, had been diagnosed in 2003 with a neuroendocrine tumor, a rare form of pancreatic cancer, and underwent a liver transplant in 2009. 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.
Jobs lived in a home that was modest, for a person of his means, on a public street open to pedestrians and traffic. The extra patrols were necessary for safety reasons.

'Compounds and Walls'

One person said there are other people here in town, they have compounds and walls, but Jobs didn't want to have security around.
Apple was supposed to inform the police of Jobs's death before making a public announcement so the department could prepare. Instead, police learned he had died when the company issued a press release at about 4:30 p.m. local time on Oct. 5.
As it turned out,  only about 40 people showed up around Jobs's home that day.
Mourners gathered at Apple stores around the world and took to the Internet and social media to express their grief.