Last words of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revealed by biological sister Mona Simpson

"Oh wow."

Those, perhaps fitting for a visionary, were the final words spoken by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs when he died Oct. 5.

Jobs' biological sister Mona Simpson shared that knowledge as part of a eulogy that was featured in The New York Times . With his family surrounding him, hours before his death, he said, "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."

Simpson, a novelist and professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, hadn't known her brother until they were adults. Jobs' parents had given him up for adoption and Simpson wasn't born until later.

She had in her eulogy that she remembered when a lawyer called her and said her "long-lost brother" was rich and famous and searching for her. Co-workers started a betting pool with John Travolta in the lead, though she wanted someone more like a literary descendant of Henry James, "someone more talented than I, someone brilliant without trying."

PC Mag said she was 25 at the time. They later developed a deep-rooted friendship that CNN said lasted for 27 years.

She spoke in the eulogy about meeting Jobs and about his talk of "making something that was going to be insanely beautiful" as they talked about computers.

She said her brother worked hard at what he loved every day. He talked about love, following the romantic lives of people working with him, and felt that his wife Laurene's love sustained him.

Simpson spoke at Jobs' Oct. 16 memorial service and shared how she had gotten a call from Jobs saying farewell. She told him she was on her way.

"I'm telling you now because I'm afraid you won't make it on time, honey," she said he replied.

Simpson described Jobs' laborious breathing, calling it "severe, deliberate, purposeful."

"I could feel him counting his steps again, pushing farther than before," she said. "This is what I learned: he was working at this, too. Death didn't happen to Steve, he achieved it."

She described it as if Jobs was "climbing."

"But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve's capacity for wonderment, the artist's belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later," she had said.

Oh wow.

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