“Over the last few months, a steady stream of visitors to Palo Alto, Calif., called an old friend’s home number and asked if he was well enough to entertain visitors, perhaps for the last time,” Charles Duhigg reports for The New York Times.
“In February, Steven P. Jobs had learned that, after years of fighting cancer, his time was becoming shorter,” Duhigg reports. “He quietly told a few acquaintances, and they, in turn, whispered to others. And so a pilgrimage began.”
“Mr. Jobs spent his final weeks — as he had spent most of his life — in tight control of his choices. He invited a close friend, the physician Dean Ornish, a preventive health advocate, to join him for sushi at one of his favorite restaurants, Jin Sho in Palo Alto,” Duhigg report. “He said goodbye to longtime colleagues including the venture capitalist John Doerr, the Apple board member Bill Campbell and the Disney chief executive Robert A. Iger. He offered Apple’s executives advice on unveiling the iPhone 4S, which occurred on Tuesday. He spoke to his biographer, Walter Isaacson. He started a new drug regime, and told some friends that there was reason for hope.”
Duhigg reports, “But, mostly, he spent time with his wife and children — who will now oversee a fortune of at least $6.5 billion, and, in addition to their grief, take on responsibility for tending to the legacy of someone who was as much a symbol as a man… ‘Steve’s concerns these last few weeks were for people who depended on him: the people who worked for him at Apple and his four children and his wife,’ said Mona Simpson, Mr. Jobs’s sister. ‘His tone was tenderly apologetic at the end. He felt terrible that he would have to leave us.'”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]