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Steve Jobs watch: Apple CEO considering liver transplant, Bloomberg News says

January 16, 2009 |  3:41 pm

Steve Jobs Steve Jobs has handed off day-to-day control of Apple, but speculation about his health continues to swirl. Citing doctors who hadn't seen his medical records, Bloomberg News reported Thursday that the Apple co-founder might have his pancreas removed. Today the news service reports that it has talked with "people who are monitoring his illness" who say that Jobs is considering a liver transplant.

The Bloomberg reporters apparently managed to get Jobs on the phone, and he was not amused. The news service reports:

In a telephone interview today, Jobs said he won’t comment further on his health.

“Why don’t you guys leave me alone -- why is this important?” Jobs said.

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said today that the company doesn't comment on rumors and speculation. Apple and Jobs have continually declined to provide much information about what's ailing him. He first said a hormone imbalance was causing him to lose weight. Then, a week later, when he announced he was taking a medical leave, he said the situation was "more complex" than he had originally believed.

Hormone imbalances. Pancreas removals. Liver transplants. Complex indeed.

-- Chris Gaither

Photo: Steve Jobs jokes about his health at an event in October. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press