US tabloid The National Enquirer is reported to have published images of a “skeletal” Steve Jobs, saying the Apple boss is stricken with pancreatic cancer and may have just six weeks to live.
Coming via the UK’s Daily Mail, the new photos are said to show Jobs “looking painfully frail and weak, with his jeans and dark top hanging loosely on his 6ft 2in, rail-thin body.”
The photos, which haven’t appeared online yet, were taken on February 8th as Jobs was going for breakfast with his wife before heading to the Stanford Cancer Centre in California.
Speaking of the pictures, Dr Gabe Mirkin, a physician with 40 years' experience, said: “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.
“He definitely appears to be in the terminal stages of his life from these photos. I would be surprised if he weighed more than 130lb.”
Apple shares have taken a slight dip in trading.
Steve Jobs took a medical leave of absence from Apple on January 18th, 2010.
Read the Daily Mail story here. We hope it’s not true.
Update: According to US website Gizmodo, who's seen and posted a picture from The National Enquirer, the "weeks to live" comment is based on nothing but "analysis of the photos" by Dr. Gabe Mirkin and Dr. Samuel Jacobson.
Update 2: According to various reports Jobs, along with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Eric Schmidt, is due to meet President Barack Obama this Thursday in California.