Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off his speech with a moment of silence for Orlando shooting victims

Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the company’s annual developer conference with a moment of silence to honour the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Calling the shooting an act of terrorism, Cook offered his deepest sympathies and asked for a moment of silence. 

“We celebrate our diversity. We know that it makes us stronger and moves everyone forward,” Cook said. 

During the moment of silence, Cook had to wipe a tear from his eye. 

Cook, one of the few openly gay CEOs, first spoke out about the attack on Sunday morning on Twitter.

The attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando killed 50 and left more than 50 injured. 

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.