Internet claims 'Steve Jobs' spotted in Egypt eight years after death

The late Steve Jobs (left) bears an uncanny resemblance to a man in Egypt (right).
The late Steve Jobs (left) bears an uncanny resemblance to a man in Egypt (right). Photo credit: Getty / Reddit

A mysterious image has ignited suspicion that Steve Jobs could still be alive.

The CEO of Apple died in 2011, but now people are questioning whether it was all a ruse after a lookalike was photographed in Egypt.

The grey-haired, bearded man is seen in profile sitting at an outdoor table. He is wearing glasses and a watch but no shoes, and bears a striking resemblance to the late tech billionaire.

The photo that launched a conspiracy theory.
The photo that launched a conspiracy theory. Photo credit: Reddit / Sheshesheqwerty

It's unknown when the photo was taken, but it was first uploaded to Facebook and then Reddit, where speculation about the man's identity quickly escalated. 

"I know this is supposed to be a joke, but this guy looks too much like Steve Jobs to be so random," one of the top-voted comments reads.

Believers said the man in the photograph was making the same hand-to-face gesture Jobs made in many famous photos. Others were convinced the man's posture and haircut were similar, although he's missing the black turtleneck and blue jeans that made up Jobs' trademark outfit.

"You'd have to be a madman to wear a black turtleneck in Egypt," one person pointed out.

Some said it couldn't be Jobs because he wasn't wearing an Apple Watch, to which one commenter replied: "He created the tracking algorithms for normal people, he doesn't want to be found."

Jobs was adopted by an Armenian couple but his birth father was Syrian, a heritage link that some commenters took as further evidence Jobs may have faked his death and moved to the Middle East. Some drew comparisons with the late rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, who conspiracy theorists believe are alive and living in South America.

Jobs died in 2011 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, which he chose to treat with homeopathic medicine rather than surgery.

His family have yet to issue a statement confirming or denying that the man in the viral photo is the man who invented the iPhone.

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