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.