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Google's Larry Page says: 'Nothing seriously wrong with me'

June 22, 2012|By Jessica Guynn
  • Google co-founder Larry Page at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York in 2007.
Google co-founder Larry Page at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting… (Chris Hondros / Getty Images )

Google Chief Executive Larry Page has reassured employees that he does not have a serious medical condition and that he will continue to run the search giant.

Page delivered the news in an email to employees Thursday after skipping the company’s annual shareholder meeting that day, the Wall Street Journal reported. In the email, Page said: "There is nothing seriously wrong with me."

Page has been having trouble with his voice, said Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who filled in for him Thursday. Schmidt said Page also would not speak at the company’s annual developer conference for its Android mobile software next week or on the company’s second-quarter earnings call in July.

Page, 39, replaced Schmidt as CEO last year.

Page’s absence alarmed JP Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth, who wrote in a research note: “We think this could raise some questions among investors.” Anmuth also noticed a long period of silence on Page's Google+ account.

A person familiar with the situation said Page is resting his voice as doctors attempt to diagnose the problem. Some corporate governance experts have made noises that Google should divulge more about Page's condition.

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment. 

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