Apple on Friday quietly updated the homepage of its official website in Brazil with a tribute to Pelé, the popular Brazilian soccer player known as the “King of Soccer,” who died on Thursday, December 29, 2022.
Tribute to the Brazilian soccer player Pelé
Pelé, real name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, died in São Paulo, Brazil, at the age of 82. According to the hospital where he had been admitted since November 29, Pelé suffered from multiple organ failure as a result of colon cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2021 and had been undergoing treatment since then.
Although Pelé is considered a world star, his personality was hugely important to the Brazilians. He won three World Cups with Brazil, not to mention many other titles. But more than that, Pelé was known for being an ambassador against racism and for supporting organizations that fight poverty.
As Brazilians and people around the world mourn, Apple’s website in Brazil no longer lists iPhones, iPads or Macs. Instead, it shows an emoji of a soccer ball with a crown on it as a tribute to Pelé. The page’s white background has been replaced by a completely dark background.
In September, Apple also updated its website with a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following her passing. In the past, Apple has used its website to pay tribute to other personalities, such as congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis, Nelson Mandela and even Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs.
Rest in peace Pele!
H/T: Lucas Frazao.
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