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Jobs says health concerns more complex, takes leave

updated 04:50 pm EST, Wed January 14, 2009

Jobs takes leave

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs on Wednesday confirmed that his health was worse than expected and said that he would take a leave of absence from the company. In his email to Apple employees, Jobs said he recently learned -- after his the disclosure of health issues just before Macworld Expo -- that the health issues are more complex than he originally thought and that he would be leaving day-to-day operations to COO Tim Cook until the end of June.


Team,

I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple's day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.
I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.

Steve




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  1. makesense

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -22

    wow

    To anyone medically trained, the excuses over the last several months for his declining health were bogus, and may elicit the biggest lawsuits against Apple it has ever seen. Nevertheless, Steve is a good man, and hopefully he recovers.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -15

    hmmm

    Well, stock price down $9 in after hours trading...

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Damn

    Whatever may come, I hope for his wife and familys' sake that he recovers. My guess is it is cancer.

    makesense: I'd be surprised if anyone sued Apple over Jobs' health.

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  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -43

    Wahoo!

    Major SELLING opportunity in the hizzy!

    This is God's punishment for being lax on releasing new desktops. Or maybe for that awful Feist iPod commercial.

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  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -41

    It's simple. He lied

    Jobs has been lying through his teeth the whole time. It's now apparent. And his deceit will damage the company and the stock. There will be shareholder lawsuits. Lots of them.

    Look it up. The four year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is only 40%. The guy is on his way out.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +18

    Good Luck

    Best of Luck getting better.

  1. staloysius777

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +22

    God bless Steve & family

    God bless you Steve!!! and your family. I hope the best for you and them. Thank you for your dedication, hard work and love for Apple. I look forward to your return.

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -42

    Lol

    Karma finally got around to getting him after years and years of deceiving consumers, business and dumb arse fanboys.

    But man what a hit of Karma. Its like it was just waiting and then BAM!!

  1. wadesworld

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    Pancreatic cancer

    "The four year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is only 40%. The guy is on his way out."

    That's for the more common form of pancreatic cancer, which quite frankly, I'm surprised is listed at 40%. Most people are gone within a year.

    Jobs' form was very rare, but completely curable.

    However, a cancer reoccurrence somewhere else would not be uncommon at all.

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    2009 Dev Conference?

    Has the dates been announced for this years Dev Conference?

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