‘Gravely Ill’ Steve Jobs Photo Appears to Be Fake

TMZ posted this photo of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs Friday, setting the Internet aflame. Website Reddit claimed to expose it as a fake Saturday. (TMZ)

Two days after Steve Jobs announced his resignation as the CEO of Apple, gossip website TMZ published a photo purportedly showing Jobs, a pancreatic cancer survivor, looking gaunt and gravely ill.

Internet outlets seized on the photo Friday. However, in a Saturday morning post, website Reddit claimed to expose the photograph as a doctored fraud.

Jobs’ health has long been a constant source of speculation. In addition to cancer, he survived a liver transplant in 2009.

According to Reuters, both Apple and TMZ declined to comment on the photo Friday. Celebrity photo website Pacific Coast News said it took the photo and sold it exclusively to TMZ.