Apple on Thursday morning issued an official statement after a man was found dead on Wednesday at Apple’s corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California. Officials from the Santa Clara County’s Sheriff’s Department confirmed on Wednesday that they responded to a call around 8:35 a.m. local time stating that there was a “person down” on Apple’s Cupertino campus. Upon arriving at the scene they discover the body of a deceased male. The coroner is currently examining the body and the cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but reports suggest that the victim died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Now, Apple has released a statement confirming that the deceased man was indeed an Apple employee.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker,” an Apple spokesperson told Matt Keller, a reporter with local ABC affiliate ABC 7. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Apple. We are working to support them however we can in this difficult time.”
The Sheriff’s Department isn’t confirming much at this point, and the man’s identity and cause of death have not yet been released to the public. In light of Apple’s confirmation that the deceased man was an Apple employee and that it is working to support his friends and family, it is apparent that his family has been notified of his death.
TMZ at first reported that multiple people may have been involved with the incident, including a woman who was being removed from Apple’s campus by security personnel. That report was dismissed by police soon after. The site later reported that the deceased person was a Hispanic male Apple employee, and that a gun was found near the body in a conference room at Apple’s headquarters. Those details have not yet been confirmed by authorities.