The tech world runs on rumors. And it is rumored that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has "six weeks to live" and was allegedly photographed entering the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, Calif., according to the tabloid National Enquirer. The photos published by the tabloid showed a frail and thin man that closely resembles Jobs, although the person’s identity is not confirmed. Jobs who took medical leave in January, had said in an email to employees, "At my request, 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."
Jobs has had cancer in the past, and he is currently on medical leave from Apple, so it is possible that his cancer has come back. In 2004, the computer genius had surgery for pancreatic cancer while in 2009, he had a liver transplant. However, his current health condition cannot be confirmed. But the rumor is co-founder and CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, reportedly might be dead by summer. Proving once again that pancreatic cancer just doesn't give a fuck who you are, how smart you maybe or how important everyone think you are to one of the world's largest corporation. National Enquirer reports:
Shocking photos obtained exclusively by The ENQUIRER show the 56-year-old cancer-stricken computer genius has become rail-thin and heartbreakingly weak in recent days despite putting up a tremendously courageous battle.
Since the print edition of the new issue of The ENQUIRER containing this blockbuster story began hitting newsstands on Wednesday in New York, media outlets worldwide have reported our story - and some websites have even attempted to rip off our exclusive photos!
For nearly seven years, the Apple co-founder has battled a rare form of pancreatic cancer - called a neuroendocrine tumor. It is a slower moving cancer than the type that killed actor Patrick Swayze in 2009 and actor Michael Landon in 1991.
Only about 4 percent of patients with any form of pancreatic cancer can live longer than five years.
Jobs has taken three medical leaves of absence from Apple and had a 2009 liver transplant after the cancer spread.
But after studying the new photos of the world-renowned entrepreneur - taken on February 8th in California - medical experts consulted by The ENQUIRER say it appears he's losing his battle.
Jobs was photographed outside the Stanford Cancer Center - the same place where Swayze was treated during his final days.
The heartrending photos show the terrible damage cancer has done to Jobs' 6-foot-2 frame - dropping his weight from a precancer 175 pounds to about 130 now.
The Enquirer also quoted two doctors who claimed that the technology genius only has six weeks to live and that he is "losing his battle" against cancer. Physician Dr Samuel Jacobson told the Enquirer that judging from the photos, he is "close to terminal" and the other doctor gave him only a few weeks. But these doctors have never personally met with Jobs and are making predictions completely based on the unverified photos. And in March 2008, the Enquirer reported that Patrick Swayze had five weeks to live. He died on September 14, 2009. So based on that, on one hand this six weeks thing might not be such bad news for Steve Jobs. On the other hand, I would give him two more years max. Some people might be starting to short the Apple stock now... Click on pictures to enlarge.