Apple CEO Steve Jobs has clarified he is suffering from weight loss and hormone imbalance in a press release and says he will get well soon, putting to rest baseless rumors about his health.
Apple had announced earlier that Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will deliver the opening keynote for this year’s Macworld Conference & Expo at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on January 6, 2009 (and not Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, like before), and it will be Apple’s last keynote at the show.
These official statements were enough to start rumors about his health issues. Apparently Steve had undergone rare pancreatic cancer surgery in 2004 and later declared cured. Rumors stressed that weight loss meant that maybe the pancreatic cancer symptoms were recurring.
Steve Jobs clarifies that it is indeed a health issue and he continues as Apple CEO.
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.
The Apple board has also spoken out in support.
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.
All these official statements will surely ease the pressure on Apple executives when hundreds of queries and baseless rumors would have flooded Macworld Expo. At least now the show can go on… or maybe it will step up more serious concerns.