Debate Rages Over Authenticity of Disturbing Steve Jobs Photos

Debate Rages Over Authenticity of Disturbing Steve Jobs Photos

A disturbing photo of Steve Jobs is sparking a firestorm. The picture shows a frail and gaunt Jobs, who is battling pancreatic cancer, being helped into a car outside his home in Cupertino, California.

The Apple founder looks gravely ill and apparently unable to stand up without assistance. His legs are alarmingly thin.

But a debate has erupted online, and some are claiming the picture of the legendary computer tycoon is Photoshopped.

"Obviously altered," wrote one blogger, while another says, "Leave Steve alone!"

But Pacific Coast News, the photo agency behind the picture, is saying, nonsense. The agency, which has a reputation for reliability, released a second picture taken over the weekend, showing Steve Jobs being helped into a wheelchair.

"These have not been doctored in any way, I can assure you, regardless of what you may have read online." Source: Pacific Coast News

"He looks frail, he looks thin, it looks like he's lost weight, he does not look good," said Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel.

Now, as he fights for his life, Jobs's biological father is breaking his silence.

80-year-old Abdul Fattah "John" Jandali has never met or even spoken to his famous son.  

"I'd be lying if I said it doesn't sadden me to have not been part of my son's incredible journey," he said.

Jandali and Jobs's mother were not married when he was born in 1956, and they put him up for adoption. The casino executive from Reno, Nevada, told the New York Post:

"Now I just live in hope that, before it is too late, he will reach out to me, because even to have one last coffee with him would make me a very happy man."

Jobs has battled pancreatic cancer since 2003.