Jobs releases statement about his health

Jobs releases statement about his health

Summary: Apple released the following statement from CEO Steve Jobs to address the persistent rumors that his health is failing due to his visible weight loss over the last year.Dear Apple Community,For the first time in a decade, I'm getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.

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Apple released the following statement from CEO Steve Jobs to address the persistent rumors that his health is failing due to his visible weight loss over the last year.

Dear Apple Community,

For the first time in a decade, I'm getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.

Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil 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.

As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.

Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause - a hormone imbalance that has been "robbing" me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I've already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple's CEO during my recovery.

I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple's CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery 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.

Steve

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  • As usual,

    a class act.

    May his recovery be speedy and successful. Thanks for
    sharing!
    mlindl
  • The opposite would have happened at Microsoft...

    If rumors were that Steve Ballmer's health was failing and he would have to step down as CEO of Microsoft, Microsoft stock would probably triple over night. There's no denying that top leadership is important, but in Apple's case, it's a bit ridiculous and over blown. Jobs' has surrounded himself with highly qualified and capable talent, many of whom would be qualified to fill his shoes should he step down. Unlike the sycophants Ballmer is surrounded by, where as the logic would be the lesser of two evils.
    gregory.dworak@...
    • Re: The opposite would have happened at Microsoft...

      Its just like an Apple sycophant to twist a story about your
      god Steve Jobs' health into an attack on the leadership of
      Microsoft.

      Your spin has absolutely nothing to do with "logic", and
      everything to do with your sick hatred of Microsoft.

      You guys are not only sick, you're completely bonkers.

      Donald L McDaniel
      zarathustra2010