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Steve Jobs knew death was near for weeks, bio reportedly says

October 6, 2011 |  6:36 pm

Steve Jobs tribute

Steve Jobs knew weeks ago that his life would soon end and he reportedly reached out to Walter Isaacson, who has written an authorized biography of the Apple co-founder, to tell him so.

Isaacson's book, now titled simply "Steve Jobs" and formerly known as "iSteve," was written after more than two years' worth of interviews with Jobs' family, friends, colleagues and rivals.

But given Jobs' health and death Wednesday, the book is likely not yet done despite its release date being pushed up to Oct. 24, in print and eBook formats, on Thursday after a rise to No. 1 on Amazon's book sales list. The book was previously set for a November release date, and a 2012 release before that.

Jobs was interviewed by Isaacson shortly before and after resigning as Apple's CEO in August, when Tim Cook was named CEO, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

Cook, previously Apple's chief operating officer, had been filling in for Jobs since January, when jobs began his third and final medical leave at the company.

In his most recent interviews with Isaacson, "Jobs indicated at that time that he knew he was going to die soon," the Journal reported, adding that those details will be included toward the end of the book.

As of Thursday evening, Jobs' family has yet to say just what his cause of death was.

Isaacson is a former executive at Time magazine and CNN, and the current president of the Aspen Institute, a Washington think tank. He's also a bestselling author, having penned the biographies "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" and "Einstein: His Life and Universe."

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Photo: A flower is seen next to a portrait of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs at an Apple store in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Oct. 6, 2011. Credit: Nacho Doce / Reuters

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