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Steve Jobs talks about this health in an open letter to the Mac community

Steve Jobs' health has been a hot topic of discussion ever since he made an appearance at the 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference in June looking somewhat emaciated. In late August, Jobs' obituary was published online accidently by Bloomberg despite the fact that he was still alive.

More recently, Gizmodo posted a story stating that the reason why Steve Jobs would not be attending this year's Macworld expo was due to his declining health. Gizmodo's story sparked off a firestorm of controversy and quite a bit of backlash from the Mac community on boards like Apple Insider.

CNBC's Jim Goldman also pushed back against the Gizmodo story stating the following, "I spoke to Apple after these headlines crossed and the company, which officially doesn't comment on rumors, reiterated the reasons it offered two weeks ago: Apple was pulling out of Macworld because the company didn't see the need to continue its investment in the expo, which included Steve Jobs' keynote."

However, Steve Jobs is now answering critics and the rumors that have been floating around the internet with a response of his own in this open letter.

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.


We all wish Steve a speedy recovery.

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RE: Um great...
By PAPutzback on 1/5/2009 10:21:20 AM , Rating: 5
No Kidding. I find it pretty sad that so many people have these two guys or an celebrity on some god like pedestal. Oh no John Travolta's son died. Yes it is sad but why does it seem more important than the dozen of infants that died they day before or 20 soldiers that died in a suicide attack in Iraq. These people really have a sad imbalance.

RE: Um great...
By icanhascpu on 1/5/2009 4:39:45 PM , Rating: 2
Those are sad as well. Sad in a way I can, as a human, feel for them, or relate in some way that has to do with my personal experiences with illness or death. The reason why you don't see alot of blogs/articles about deaths or illnesses in iraq here is because this is Daily Tech.

If Bill Gates or any other huge icon in the tech industry suddenly fell ill, i would be surprised not hearing about it here. It really does have to do with tech, like them or dislike them.

RE: Um great...
By inighthawki on 1/5/2009 5:05:56 PM , Rating: 2
I don't believe the poster really made any regard to being specifically something about dailytech. What he's trying to say is, if gates or jobs fell ill or died, everyone would suddenly care so much and "omg thats terrible", but if someone died in iraq (or something else), then nobody would seem to care. Point being, people idolize them too much compared to the mass amounts of death and poverty around the world. Instead of caring so much about the death or illness of your favorite sports athlete or company ceo, try to feel sorry for the 20 people in iraq that died in that suicide bombing.

RE: Um great...
By Gzus666 on 1/5/2009 5:11:20 PM , Rating: 2
Instead of caring so much about the death or illness of your favorite sports athlete or company ceo, try to feel sorry for the 20 people in iraq that died in that suicide bombing.

Unfortunately, feelings and emotions aren't something you can force. If they don't really care, then that is how they feel. They could fake it if that would make you happy, but I have a feeling that is not what you are after. Telling other people how they should feel is rather pretentious of anyone.

They idolize these people most of the time because they feel they did something great and are deserving of it. Chances are the people who die all the time were of no real interest, otherwise someone would have probably latched on to their story and exploited it.

RE: Um great...
By inighthawki on 1/5/2009 5:18:10 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say i agreed with what he said, only clarified (mostly on how it had nothing to do with dailytech). I completely understand what you're saying and can't agree more, tbh.

RE: Um great...
By overlandpark4me on 1/6/2009 6:32:39 PM , Rating: 3
That's because they live their lives through people like Travolta. When I see people on the news sobbing uncontrollably when their star of choice dies, you know who has the problem. These people need to get a life. Amy Wine whore is a prime example. People celebrate her drug use and enable her drug habit by buying her products.Ever see Amy live on Youtube? Think James Dean at the end of Giant. When we find Amy dead in a gutter, I'm sure I"ll hear of a couple suicides resulting from her death.

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