Jobs cites a hormone imbalance for “robbing” him of proteins and thus causing him to lose weight. The drastic loss in weight has made many question if Jobs is still healthy enough to be the CEO of Apple. In his letter, Jobs stated that he “will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO.”
The open letter also discusses how he mishandled his health problems as far as the Macworld keynote speech. “Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed,” said Jobs. Indeed, many news outlets have been discussing whether Jobs has cancer or if Apple will collapse if Jobs passes away. These rumors have fueled a reduction in the value of Apple’s stock since early last summer.