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Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave From Apple

1/17/2011 10:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Steve Jobs is leaving the helm of Apple to focus on his health -- but says he hopes "to be back as soon as [he] can."

Steve Jobs Medical Leave

The CEO sent a letter to Apple employees announcing his leave of absence. In the letter he says, "I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company."

The letter does not mention a specific medical condition -- but Jobs also took time off early in 2009 when he had liver transplant surgery.

Steve Jobs Medical Leave of Absence

When TMZ published this pic of him returning to the Apple campus in July, 2009 ... the company's stock shot up.


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Good Luck Steve

1375 days ago

Elizabeth from Michigan    

I hope that he is going to be ok. He looks so fraile. He's such a great inovator and visionary. Be well!

1375 days ago


It's about damn time he admits something is up. He owes it to the stockholders to tell them the WHOLE truth.

1375 days ago


LongJohn - No, he doesn't have to tell them the WHOLE truth. The details are his business and his family's business. Stockholders don't need to know the gory details.

1375 days ago


Take care Steve, we're thinking of you and wishing you the best.

1375 days ago


More than anything Apple needs to have a transition plan in place so that his absence doesn't impact its productivity. Given the abruptness of the announcement and the lack of a specific return date, it sounds as though they might be without his leadership for some time. His absence will show whether they learned anything during the period between the Mac and the ipod. Look at how inconsistently Microsoft has performed since Gates has left.

1375 days ago


Can he afford to take off? Does he have good insurance or a high co pay? Does he have Aflac?

1375 days ago


Nothin' but another rich Junkie. Who will be blaming his addiction on someone else...

Ya notice he is lead out be the man in the white suit.

He will be blaming Microsoft for taken advantage of his stupidity and weakness. Grow up!!!

1375 days ago


WTF doe's that mean? You're a ****ing idiot. If anyone's a junky, it's you. You cannot even put together a proper sentence.

1375 days ago


The man is sick people. He a innovator to the max. Leave him alone. Hee had a live transplant. Do ya get it. He probably needs some rest.

1375 days ago

Bubbles The Chimp    

How many APPLE sheep will kill themselves when this guy dies. He is obviously wasting away. Look at him.
Karma has come to bite him in the ass with all the evil things he has done in his professional and private life.
Firstly, denying a daughter was his by claiming he was sterile..... No need to carry on.

1375 days ago

Bubbles The Chimp    

Dead in 6 months.

1375 days ago


And so Karma goes....Perhaps he can use this time to think aobut giving back...he was voted the least philanthropic person in the World...

1375 days ago


Get the butter out. He's toast.

1375 days ago


What in the Wild World of Sports has THIS got to do with Charlie Sheen? Where's the porn stars? Where's the Coke? This story is a Buzz Kill.

1375 days ago
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