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False Steve Jobs Death Tweet Creates Internet Panic

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – An erroneous tweet on a CBS Twitter account briefly reported Friday that Steve Jobs had died.

The CBS “What’s Trending” thread tweeted reports of the recently retired Apple Inc. CEO’s death Friday. The post was removed within minutes, but not before the information was re-tweeted by some of the account’s 11,000+ followers.

CBS 5 learned that there have been no recent emergency calls to Jobs’ home address, and it is not clear what prompted the tweet. Apple Inc. representatives have not responded to inquiries.

What’s trending later tweeted:
“Apologies- reports of Steve Job’s death completely unconfirmed. Live on.”

The 56-year-old year-old Jobs, who co-founded Apple in a garage in 1976, is a survivor of pancreatic cancer and previously received a liver transplant. He has been rumored to be in bad health.

Photo Gallery: Steve Jobs Through The Years

Jobs’ last public appearance as Apple’s CEO was in June at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where Apple debuted its upcoming iOS 5 and iCloud efforts.

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