Steve Jobs – who is on another medical leave of absence from Apple Inc., the company he co-founded and manages as its longtime CEO – is receiving treatment at a cancer clinic where Hollywood star Patrick Swayze was a patient in his final days.
Steve Jobs announced last month that he was going on medical leave. It’s not known whether his current health battle is related to the liver transplant he received in 2009, the pancreatic cancer he previously defeated, or another problem, RadarOnline.com notes.
Steve Jobs could have only six weeks to live if reports in the National Enquirer are true, but we don’t believe in it, meaning that the Apple boss might not live to see the launch of the iPhone 5 this summer.
The National Enquirer has published photos of what appears to be a very frail Steve Jobs and claims that he is only six weeks from death. Apparently, the Enquirer followed Steve Jobs from the Stanford Cancer Center where the photos were apparently taken.
The paper’s claims that the Apple CEO has only six weeks to live are based on analysis of the photos by Dr Gabe Mirkin and Dr Samuel Jacobson. “Judging from the photos, he is close to terminal. I would say he has six weeks,” he said,” Jacobson told the paper.
However, crucially, neither of the doctors are oncologists and nor have they seen Steve in person. Apparently the analysis was primarily based on looking at Jobs’ jeans-covered butt.
The new photos show Mr Jobs looking painfully frail and weak, with his jeans and dark top hanging loosely on his 6ft 2in, rail-thin body. However, he is well enough to meet today with President Barack Obama today in San Francisco.
The president is visiting Intel Corp, where he will also talk to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO, Eric Schmidt to draw attention to the role of education in preparing Americans for new high-tech jobs.
Mr Jobs’s weight is said to have dropped from a pre-cancer 175lb to 130lb now, according to the National Enquirer. His thinning hair is a sign of the effects of the advanced chemotherapy usually used to treat the disease.
The photos, which were taken on February 8, showed Mr Jobs going for breakfast with his wife Laurene Powell before heading to the Stanford Cancer Centre in California.
The National Enquirer has a habit of predicting celebrity deaths and, thankfully, is not always right. The paper claimed that Patrick Swayze, God bless him, had only weeks to live when, in fact, he survived for another year.
“Kirstie Alley and Oprah will both be dead in a couple years by the Enquirer’s reckoning. The Jobs’ photos are shocking, but nearly every magazine retouches photos,” writes Gizmodo.
Jobs announced his medical leave in January this year in an email to employees, explaining that “the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.”
This is the third time Jobs has taken medical leave, after being treated for a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004 and undergoing a liver transplant in 2009.
p.s. We, here at TheBlogIsMine.com, hope that the Enquirer is wrong. And that’s what our gut tells us. Let’s hope Steve Jobs is on the road to recovery this time. [via Radar Online, Daily Mail (UK), Gizmodo and NY Daily News]