Before his death, Steve Jobs refused Tim Cook’s liver transplant offer

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Today, the world mourns the 9th year since the loss of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Every day, millions around the world breathe his ideas, innovations, and live the vision that he set forth for Apple and its lasting impact on society.

Today will be spent looking back at Steve Jobs’ incredible 56-year long-life life that amongst other things, saw the birth of the Macintosh, iPod, the iPad, and of course the iPhone. Current CEO Tim Cook enjoyed a healthy friendship with Steve, which before his death served as Apple’s COO or Cheif Operations Officer.

While much is widely known about the relationship between Tim Cook and Steve Jobs, a book in 2015 gave us an incredible discovery. According to “Becoming Steve Jobs,” written by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeil, Tim Cook offered Mr. Jobs his liver, as a way to keep him alive.

As reported by AppleInsider at the time, the excerpt of the book was found before its official publication through Amazon’s “Look Inside the Book” feature, which offers a glimpse of a book’s content in order to persuade potential buyers. The excerpt from the now-published book states:

“Somebody that’s selfish,” Cook continues, “doesn’t reply like that. I mean, here’s a guy, he’s dying, he’s very close to death because of his liver issue, and here’s someone healthy offering a way out. I said, ‘Steve, I’m perfectly healthy, I’ve been checked out. Here’s the medical report. I can do this and I’m not putting myself at risk, I’ll be fine.’ And he doesn’t think about it. It was not, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ It was not, ‘I’ll think about it.’ It was not, ‘Oh, the condition I’m in . . .’ It was, ‘No, I’m not doing that!’ He kind of popped up in bed and said that. And this was during a time when things were just terrible. Steve only yelled at me four or five times during the 13 years I knew him, and this was one of them.”

Steve had suffered from pancreatic cancer, a form of cancer that begins in the pancreas and often makes its way to the liver. While it’s hard to say for certain that if Steve had accepted Mr. Cook’s offer, he would have survived, it goes to show the unique bond between the two.

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Sami
Sami started falling in love with Apple in 2010 with the iPhone 4S. As a registered developer, he deeply admires the world of Apple. Sami is an aspiring journalist, writer, and actor. He also has devoted his life to sharing his passion and knowledge with others around the world.