Is Steve Jobs alive and secretly living in Brazil? Reddit selfie sparks conspiracy theories

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(PIX11) – A selfie taken in Brazil with the caption “Steve Jobs is in Rio de Janeiro, alive,” has the Internet conspiracy mill at full tilt — thanks to a man in the background bearing an unmistakable resemblance to the Apple co-founder.

The photo, posted by Reddit user TheHorseSizedDuck, was taken along the Rio promenade that runs along the beach, and shows a man wearing a Jobs-esque black shirt (a turtleneck?) being pushed in a wheelchair.

The beard, the glasses, the hair and the expression are classic Jobs — but the brightly-patterned, long-sleeve undershirt raises questions.  If Jobs somehow did not die of Metastatic Insulinoma in 2011, could even a festive, colorful place like Rio inspire him to mix black with patterns?

Probably not.

That didn’t stop Redditors from sussing out all possible scenarios that could result in Steve Jobs photobombing a selfie in Brazil — along with the multitude of reasons behind the hoax photo.

“Let’s just slow down a little bit… we need more information about this picture, like maybe when and where this was taken, and then see if we can find out if Jobs was there at the same time,” wrote BestTastingFish.  “That would really help us see if this really was Jobs himself… personally, I’m skeptical.”

Others, however, were not.

“The guy pushing the wheel chair totally knew,” wrote MarcellusxWallace.

“Jobs and Tupac have just been keepin’ it Rio,” joked Dpsadin.

Others theorize the photo was taken while Jobs was still alive and posted years later.

“Damn, he looks bad. How long was that before he died?” commented FourteenThousand.

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  • Captain Obvious

    It’s great that news today amounts to stealing front page material off Reddit and Imgur. Like we need a new Tumblr, right Pix?

  • Matt

    Ok, how can I convince anyone, but here goes. That is my unkle and he has lived in Rio well over 20 years and been using a wheel chair for at least 10 years. The under shirt is camo, yes he is still an avid hunter (with assistive devices) and writes for sporting magazines. Google Andy Hahn and you can read his articles. You should be inspired by how he lives his live to the fullest. I am proud t be his nephew.

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