Apple CEO and company talisman Steve Jobs has reportedly been given just six weeks to live after he was spotted outside the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California.
Reported by the National Enquirer, a US-based tabloid, a “skeletal-looking” Jobs was snapped leaving the cancer specialist after lunching with his wife. In a somewhat un-scientific move the paper then passed the images on to critical-care physician Dr Samuel Jacobson for analysis.
Based on the photographs, Dr Jacobson callously declared Jobs, who has been on amedically-induced leave of absence from Apple since last month, "is close to terminal. I would say he has six weeks."
The Enquirer added to this less than convincing evidence with physician Dr Gabe Mirkin throwing his two cents in on the photographs. He said: "He definitely appears to be in the terminal stages of his life from these photos.” Adding: “He is terminal. What you are seeing is extreme muscle wasting from calorie depravation, most likely caused by cancer. He has no muscle left in his buttocks, which is the last place to go."
Jobs’ current medical leave of absence is his third from Apple since 2004 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer before undergoing a liver transplant in 2009.
Announcing his latest medical absence one month ago on January 17th, Steve Jobs stated: "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 concluded: “I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.”
These claims of Jobs’ life expectancy have yet to be confirmed or denied by the Apple founder’s people with the pictures taken just a day after Jobs was reported to have spent a full day working within the Apple compound alongside COO and stand-in replacement Tim Cook.