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.”
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.