The man who helped create and later revitalize one of the largest tech companies in the history of the world is believed to be seriously ill.
On Wednesday, reports surfaced that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is in the process of receiving medical treatment at the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California – the same well known and respected facility where film and television star Patrick Swayze underwent chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer in the months before his tragic and untimely death.
Jobs underwent his first surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004.
Following initial reports of Jobs’ care at the Stanford Cancer Center photographs of the frail Apple chief executive were allegedly obtained and will be published in at least one prominent US tabloid next week.
According to the New York Post, news of Steve Jobs’ suspected deteriorating health hasn’t come as a major surprise, particularly since Jobs announced yet another medical leave of absence from Apple in mid-January – his third departure for medical reasons.
“I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company,” Jobs stated upon leaving last month.
Although Steve Jobs is rumored to be gravely ill, comparable reports hounded both Jobs and Apple in 2009, when Steve Jobs was thought to be dying and unlikely to ever return to work. Just as those reports were ultimately proven incorrect, many are similarly hoping for another prompt recovery for one of the world’s most accomplished and respected tech moguls.