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Jobs comes clean on illness, denies serious issues

updated 09:25 am EST, Mon January 5, 2009

Jobs admits to illness

Responding to recent rumors, as well as long-standing concerns, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has admitted in an open letter that his pullout from the annual Macworld keynote can be partially attributed to health matters. "Unfortunately," writes Jobs, "my decision to have Phil [Schiller] deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed. I've decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow."

Jobs goes on to say that while he was losing weight throughout 2008, neither he nor his doctors understood what was happening until the last few weeks, when he decided that diagnosing and fixing the condition was his "#1 priority." Tests -- including blood analysis -- are said to have confirmed the presence of a hormone imbalance, which has been depriving Jobs' body of necessary proteins. Although declining to go into much detail, Jobs says that treatment is "relatively simple and straightforward," and has already begun.

Jobs notes that while he is continuing on as CEO, and will be the first to tell Apple's board of directors if he cannot hold onto his position, it will take until late spring to recover the weight lost during 2008. "I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery," he writes, "and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first."

"So now I've said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this," the letter concludes. The rest of the board of directors has meanwhile issued its own statement, expressing support for the executive and commenting that people will be told if and when Jobs is leaving.

by MacNN Staff



  1. greenG4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sounds like

    a thyroid problem. That can result in decreased protein synthesis and can also cause protein to break down too rapidly.

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    While I'm reading this article there is an advertisement of the Weight Watchers next to Steve's picture asking me whether "my weight is healthy"..... I guess the whole Mac community is a weight watcher when Steve is concerned. Hope you get well soon, Steve.

  1. jmelrose

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And now...

    Can we close the discussion and let the man have his privacy back?

  1. greenG4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gotta say though

    Job's isn't "coming clean". He simply made the announcement. The title of the article makes it sound as if he was lying to people instead of simply not commenting.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is exactly what the Kremlin would do in the good ol' days. Release a supposed statement from their leader who was gravely ill.

    Then again, he better be careful. First, he's starting to lose his hair. If he goes on treatment and doesn't watch it, he could gain too much weight. This would then make him more out of shape, causing him to exert more when giving presentations.

    So Apple could end up with a bald, overweight, and sweaty CEO. OMG, its some MS plot to turn him into Ballmer!

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Despite what he wants, no one will be enjoying the show tomorrow. Without Jobs, its just any other PowerPoint (sorry, Keynote) presentation.

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  1. InfraredAD

    Joined: Dec 1969



    thyroid shmyroid whatever. macnn is not a source for diagnosing medical problems, don't try and explain it by posting a comment on a WEBSITE. case closed, let the man be. Enjoy the keynote & move on.

  1. Mac-a-Bayan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just what the man said...

    the race must go on. Still our thoughts and prayers are with you Stevie.

  1. Todd Madson

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Face it, if he hadn't commented the stock price
    would bounce all over while the next reporter
    would theorize he was growing a second head or
    the like. This was a good and reasoned bit
    and well written.

    I like the fact that he is going to spend the holiday season with his family - why not?

    Get well soon Mr. Jobs.

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  1. tcphoto

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Truth or Smoke screen?

    Yes, he deserves a little privacy but if he is so closely tight to the success of Apple, he needs to be more forthcoming about his health. How does his presence effect the price of Apple stock which has a ripple effect on the health of the company? This statement only raises more questions on whether Steve is actually active in day to day business or burning sage and getting enemas at a commune down the road.

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