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Steve Jobs Misses MacWorld Due to His Health

Steve Jobs Misses MacWorld Due to His Health

Posted January 5, 2009 at 10:02am by iClarified
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In an open letter to the Apple community, Steve Jobs revealed that he's suffering from a hormone imbalance that has caused his rapid weight loss. He also confirm's that this is why Phil is giving the MacWorld keynote.

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.


The Apple Board of Directors has responded with the following statement
It is widely recognized both inside and outside of Apple that Steve Jobs is one of the most talented and effective CEOs in the world.

As we have said before, if there ever comes a day when Steve wants to retire or for other reasons cannot continue to fulfill his duties as Apple’s CEO, you will know it.

Apple is very lucky to have Steve as its leader and CEO, and he deserves our complete and unwavering support during his recuperation. He most certainly has that from Apple and its Board.

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Shicco - January 10, 2009 at 9:05pm
He's a great guy with an inspiring life story, i'm glad i'm witnessing an era where such a fabulous talent & mind exist ! God be with you & hope u come back as healthy and inspiring as before !
JSON - January 5, 2009 at 10:21pm
Poor guy. He's a famous CEO, but he's not a celebrity like an actor, but nonetheless he can't get out of his home before anyone speculating on his health. I wish for his to gain his privacy again, that with his family around him may help or at least give him back some of the dignity he has lost due to long nose curiosity and rubber neckers. I hate paparazzi.
Iain - January 5, 2009 at 10:10am
Hope Steve gets well soon.
Clarke - January 5, 2009 at 11:31am
I hope he does as well!
Rahul Sharma
Rahul Sharma - January 5, 2009 at 11:42am
From my heart ~! i pry to god for Steve get well soon and never takeoff his own HAND from APPLE. I wish he will get well soon. And the day when he again come back to stage and display new this with his own hand. I'll smile. From My heart. Rahul
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