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Jobs saved his last days for goodbyes, time with family

world Updated: Oct 08, 2011 02:50 IST
Yoshita Singh
Yoshita Singh

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who had become too weak to climb even the stairs of his Palo Alto, California home in his final days, was still in “tight control of his choices”, choosing only to spend time with his family, saying final goodbyes to a handful of friends and advising Apple executives on the launch of the new iPhone.

Jobs, who fought pancreatic cancer for years, knew in February his time was running out.

In his final months, his concerns were for “the people who worked for him at Apple and his four children and wife,” the New York Times quoted his sister Mona Simpson as saying. “His tone was tenderly apologetic at the end. He felt terrible that he’d have to leave us,” she said.

“Steve made choices,” said friend and physician Dean Ornish. “I once asked him if he was glad he had kids and he said, ‘It is 10,000 times better than anything I’ve ever done’.”

In his final weeks, Jobs had dinner with Ornish at one of his favourite sushi restaurants.

He said goodbye to longtime colleagues venture capitalist John Doerr, Apple board member Bill Campbell and Disney chief executive Robert Iger.

He also started a new drug regime. But realising time was not on his side, he told a few acquaintances, and they, in turn, whispered to others and “so a pilgrimage began,” the NYT report said, adding that his wife turned down several requests for visits. “Everyone always wanted a piece of Steve,” said one acquaintance. PTI