Arnold Spielberg, the father of acclaimed film director Steven, has passed away aged 103.
He reportedly died in Los Angeles with Steven and the rest of his family by his bedside for the final moments of his long, fruitful life. Variety state that the 103-year-old died from natural causes.
“You are our hearth. You are our home,” Steven reportedly said to his father on his deathbed, before he praised Arnold’s work an engineer at General Electric, “When I see a PlayStation when I look at a cell phone — from the smallest calculator to an iPad — I look at my dad and I say, ‘My dad and a team of geniuses started that.’”
In a joint statement, Steven and his three sisters – Anne, Nancy and Sue – proudly stated that Arnold had taught them to “love to research, expand their mind, keep their feet on the ground, but reach for the stars [and] lookup”.
Arnold was born in Cincinnati on February 6th, 1917, at an early age he fell in love with inventing and even transformed his family’s attic into a makeshift lab at the age of six.
He then enlisted as an army sergeant in 1941 and when he returned Arnold married pianist Leah Posner who gave birth to Steven shortly after. In 1956, he went on to start work with General Electrics and went on to win the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer’s Computing Pioneer Award.
A full memorial service is set to be held at a later date in 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic. He is survived by four stepchildren, 11 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.