Steve Jobs taking a leave of absence from Apple

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There has been a lot of speculation recently surrounding Steve Job’s health. In 2004, he was diagnosed with a form of pancreatic cancer and seems to have never quite recovered. In the past year or so, he has lost a significant amount of weight, but has kept relatively mum about the reason until last week when he revealed that the weight loss was caused by a hormonal imbalance. Now the issue seems more serious, as he has decided to take a leave of absence from his position as CEO at Apple.


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 [Apple's COO] 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.”

[from Apple]

Considering that he had cancer, it would be hard to speculate on Jobs’ current health problems. Hormonal imbalances can mean a wide range of things, but whatever is wrong, it’s clearly serious enough for Jobs, who has always been noted as a hard worker, to take a leave of absence. After the announcement, Apple stock dropped under $80. The stock has been losing steam over the past year as questions over Jobs’ health have become more and more prevalent. Considering that the public has been associating his health with the future of Apple, it seems logical that Jobs should decide to drop off of the radar for a while – not only for his own health concerns, but also out of concern for his company.

Our thoughts go out to Steve and his family.

Note by Celebitchy: Jobs has pancreatic cancer, but has said that the tumor that was found on his pancreas in 2004 was an “islet cell neuroendocrine tumor,” which is less aggressive than other forms of pancreatic cancer.

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  1. NotBlonde says:

    That is terrible. I hope he recovers soon.

  2. Tess says:

    I remember reading long ago that he was adopted and his sister was given up too. They were raised in different families and only met as adults.

    She is the writer Mona Simpson. Anyone know anything about this?

    Best wishes for full recovery.

  3. dr.grrl says:

    i don’t get why the apple would rot without jobs at the helm?!

    i know he made magic for the company, but didn’t he do enough for them already? are they incapable of running the empire without him?!

    i wish him only the best on this long and arduous healing journey.

  4. Ned says:

    I wish him only the best.
    Such a incredibly talented guy.

  5. Kim says:

    CB, he doesn’t have pancreatic cancer, her ..HAD’ Past tense.

    My father had surgery and got problems with the pancreas, he lost so much weight till he bacame almost a skeleton. Doctors checked for every thing and could not find the cause of the weight loss. They did several tests for cancer but they were negative and he still lost weight. It was later and by luck that they discovered that he had severe mal absorption and type 2 diabetes as a result of a poorly functioning pancreas. Now after putting him on Pancreatic enzyme suppliments and treatement for Type 2 diabetes, he is doing fine. It is seems an easy thing to diagonise but it can elude doctors.

  6. arre24 says:

    he was a skinny mf. what happend to the dude who ate cereals for dinner. must be some sugar in them. or is he going nano?

  7. Gina says:

    Awwww. I feel so bad for him. Steve Jobs revolutioned the computer/communication/music industry. He really put Apple back on the map. I surely hope he gets better. My prayers go out to him and his family.

  8. It was later and by luck that they discovered that he had severe mal absorption and type 2 diabetes as a result of a poorly functioning pancreas. Now after putting him on Pancreatic enzyme supplements and treatment for Type 2 diabetes, he is doing fine.

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