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Jobs May Be Ill

Rumors have been circulating that Steve Jobs was ill when he showed up to the latest iPhone debut looking thin and gaunt. Apple reps claimed that Jobs was getting over the flu, but rumors persisted, especially since Jobs was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas several years ago.

Wall Street flipped out over the rumors that Jobs is seriously ill after the company refused to talk about his health on a recent earnings call. Investors promptly started dumping the high-flying stock.

Another indication that Jobs is sick is the fact that Fake Steve Jobs is tossing in the Fake Steve Jobs Towel, and will now post under his real name: Dan Lyons. One theory is that Mr. Lyons wouldn't want to satirize a sick man.

I have no clue what may be wrong with Jobs. My hope is that the cancer is still contained. It could be that his pancreas isn't working and he's fighting against full-on diabetes, which could explain the weight loss. That's not a great scenario, but is far better than metastasized cancer.

Jobs is a rather remarkable man, and losing him as the head of Apple would be a crushing blow for the entire industry. What are your thoughts? Send opinions and comments about Jobs to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on July 22, 2008 at 11:52 AM