By Calvin Palmer
Apple CEO Steve Jobs whose health has been a matter of concern for several months had a liver transplant two months ago in Tennessee, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Apple spokesman Steve Dowling declined to comment on the report but said in a statement that “Steve continues to look forward to returning to Apple at the end of June and there is nothing further to say”.
In August 2004, the 54-year-old Jobs disclosed that he had been treated for a form of pancreatic cancer.
The gaunt appearance of the co-founder of Apple last year fueled speculation about the state of his health. Earlier this year, he said that he had a treatable hormone imbalance and that he would continue to run the company.
The following week, however, Jobs went on leave for medical issues he said were “more complex” than he had thought. Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, took over daily duties.
Jobs dropped out of college to start Apple Computers in his parents’ garage in 1976 with his friend Steve Wozniak.
He was ousted from the company in 1985 but returned 12 years later and shaped the company’s phenomenal success with products such as iPods and iPhones.
If the report is correct, Jobs joins a growing list of celebrity liver transplant recipients that includes Jack Bruce of Cream, David Crosby, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, John Phillips of the Mamas & Papas, Evel Knievel and actor Larry Hagman.