Mystery Illness Headlines

BIOTERRORBIBLE.COM: Generally, an illness is between an individual and their doctor, especially if that person is a celebrity with a public image to uphold. Since 2008 however, major "celebrities" in America and Europe have suffered from a "mystery illness" that most recovered from within a day. The massive amount of mystery illness news headlines are no accident, but part of a propaganda campaign to introduce the mystery illness terminology to the public prior to a major mystery pandemic.

Title: Cher's Mystery Illness
Date: October 8, 2008
Source: New Zealand Herald

Abstract: Cher has sparked concerns over her health after cancelling her sixth Las Vegas show in less than a month. The 62-year-old singer - whose residency at the Las Vegas' Caesars Palace was due to end last weekend - cancelled her performances on Saturday and Sunday due to "asthma- related bronchitis". Last week, Cher's publicist Liz Rosenberg revealed the star was suffering from "Vegas throat", the nickname for when the throat is affected by the desert city's dry air. (New Zealand Herald, 2008).

Janet Jackson Resumes Tour After Mystery Illness
Date: October 16, 2008
Source: Guardian

Abstract: Janet Jackson has recovered from her mystery illness and will be resuming her postponed tour. Not only that, but the mystery illness has been revealed! The pop star has been suffering from vestibular migraines.

Jackson's "Rock Witchu" tour was getting off to a troubled start. She first cancelled a gig in Montreal on September 29, and was rushed to hospital after a sound check. Jackson later called off nine dates across the US, including shows in Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta and New York City (Guardian, 2008).

Title: Metallica Pull Swedish Show As Hetfield Falls Ill [Due To Mystery Illness]
Date: March 9, 2009
Source: Contact Music

Abstract: Metallica were forced to scrap a Swedish show over the weekend to allow ailing frontman James Hetfield to recover from a mystery illness. A statement posted on the group's website on Sunday reads, "Tonight's second show in Stockholm has been cancelled due to James falling ill and receiving medical attention at the hospital (Contact Music, 2009).

Title: Brock Lesnar Bombshell: Mystery Illness Hospitalizes UFC Champ
Date: November 16, 2009
Source: City Pages

Abstract: At a post-UFC 105 press conference on Saturday, president Dana White dropped a bombshell about his biggest star: Brock Lesnar, the heavyweight champ, is down for the count with a mystery illness. Earlier, Lesnar postponed his scheduled title defense, citing symptoms first believed to be H1N1 flu and later confirmed to be Mono. But now, Lensar has additional complications that have forced him to withdraw entirely from the bout with no known return date to the UFC (City Pages, 2009).

Title: Winona Ryder Rushed To Hospital With Mystery Illness
Date: November 19, 2008
Source: The Inquisitr

Gen X actress and reformed shoplifter Winona Ryder has been struck by an medical emergency while on a flight to London. Ryder was taken to hospital near London’s Heathrow Airport. According to a statement from British Airways “The captain of BA282, which was traveling from LA to Heathrow, requested a priority landing as a female passenger required medical attention. The passenger was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The plane touched down shortly before noon UK time.” Cabin crew are said to have looked after Ryder while on board the flight. A later statement from Winona Ryder’s spokeswoman called the emergency a “precautionary measure” and that Ryder she was quickly discharged (The Inquisitr, 2008).

Title: OJ's Sister Dies of Mystery Illness
Date: April 7, 2009
Source: Newser

Abstract: OJ Simpson’s younger sister died of a mysterious illness yesterday in Sacramento, the Bee reports. Carmelita Durio had been ill since she collapsed in court following her brother’s robbery conviction in October, and none of six specialists she consulted were able to diagnose what plagued the 60-year-old. “Her body just broke down,” says brother Melvin Simpson (Newser, 2009).

Title: Jay Leno Suffering From Mystery Illness
Date: April 24, 2009
Source: Telegraph

Abstract: The Thursday and Friday night tapings of his Tonight Show were cancelled after he felt unwell and sought treatment in hospital in Los Angeles, NBC representative Tracy St Pierre said. The lack of explanation for his sudden admission to hospital prompted internet rumours that the 58-year-old comic, who has rarely missed a day at work during his 17-year run on the show, was seriously ill or had suffered a heart attack (Telegraph, 2009).

Title: Jack Black Bedridden With Mystery Illness
Date: June 14, 2009
Source: The Inquisitr

Abstract: Jack Black is reported to be ill with a mystery “vomiting virus” that has kept him bedridden for over a week. “Just last weekend, I thought I was knocking on death’s door” Black told Starpulse. “I have never had this thing before where it has to go out of you in all directions. I’m not going into the grisly details, but it was explosive. Simultaneous explosions. I was wondering whether it was the sushi I ate or whether I caught it from someone and the doctor said it was the latter.” Black was also concerned he might be contagious, and would pass the bug on to his two kids. “It’s harder when you’ve got two babies, because you’re exploding, then you’re washing your hands ‘cos you don’t want to get them sick either. It’s a constant battle to stay clean.” The cause of Black’s illness is yet to be determined (The Inquisitr, 2009).

Title: Mystery Illness Floors Casey Stoner
Date: August 11, 2009
Source: Herald Sun

Abstract: A mystery illness has brought a sudden end to Casey Stoner's campaign for a second MotoGP world championship. Stoner will miss the next three races starting with Sunday's Czech Grand Prix in Brno. Ducati team boss Livio Suppo said he expected that after further treatment in Australia Stoner would return for the Portuguese GP in Estoril in early October. That would give Stoner just one lead-in race before his home event, the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island on October 18. Stoner's shock withdrawal comes after a two-month battle with a virus that first struck him at the Barcelona GP in Catalunya in June where he finished third despite vomiting in his helmet and suffering severe stomach cramps (Herald Sun, 2009).

Title: Mystery Illness Forces Paul Rodriguez Into ICU
Date: October 2, 2009
Source: TMZ

Abstract: Doctors haven't figured out exactly what's wrong with comedian Paul Rodriguez -- who's in ICU right now with severe abdominal pains. Mario Santoya -- who works with Paul at the California Latino Water Coalition -- tells us Paul is in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital in D.C., but has been forced to take pain medication while doctors try and pinpoint the cause of his illness. Mario says multiple tests and x-rays have been performed on Paul since he was rushed to the hospital yesterday -- but to no avail (TMZ, 2009).

Title: Hospital Visit Reveals PM's Mystery Illness
Date: October 3, 2009
Source: News (AU)

Abstract: Kevin Rudd's mystery illness has been revealed - he has been suffering a painful case of gallstones.The Prime Minister said he had been to a hospital in Melbourne, on the advice of his GP, where the diagnosis was made, the Herald Sun reports (News, 2009).

Title: Roman Polanski's Mystery Illness
Date: October 19, 2009
Source: Pop Eater

Abstract: One of Roman Polanski's lawyers says the jailed filmmaker is undergoing medical tests, though his current condition "is not of exceptional gravity." The Paris-based lawyer declined to say what kind of exams Polanski had undergone. A Swiss tabloid newspaper Blick printed pictures Saturday of a van it said had whisked the director from the prison to a Zurich hospital (Pop Eater, 2009).

Title: Lady Gaga Concert Cancelled, Mystery Illness Cited
Date: January 14, 2010
Source: Lafayette Online

Abstract: Lady Gaga cancelled her concert at Purdue University tonight due to a “sudden illness.” Tickets will be honored for admittance to the rescheduled concert on January 26th. Todd Wetzel, director of Purdue Convocations, said that anyone unable to attend the rescheduled performance will be offered a refund at the point of purchase. The producers request that any potential returns be conducted prior to the Jan. 26 rescheduled concert date (Lafayetter Online, 2010).

Title: Gary Coleman Hospitalised For Mystery Illness
Date: May 27, 2010
Source: Gossiboo Crew

Abstract: Gary Coleman rushed to the hospital in Utah. Now 42, Gary has been admitted for a mystery illness. The former Diff’rent Strokes actor, 42, was admitted to a medical facility on Wednesday (27May10) and underwent surgery for a mystery illness, reports Further details were unavailable as WENN went to press and the star’s agent, Robert Malcolm, had yet to respond to requests for a comment. Coleman, who suffers from a congenital kidney disease which requires frequent dialysis, has faced a string of health problems in recent months – he was hospitalised in January and again in February (10) after suffering apparent seizures (Gossiboo Crew, 2010).

Title: John Mayer Sick: Mystery Illness Forces Cancellation Of European Shows
Date: August 1, 2010
Source: Huffington Post

Abstract: John Mayer is waiting on his health to change before going back onstage. The garrulous pop star has pulled the plug on the remainder of his shows in Europe and will be returning to the U.S. to recover from an undisclosed illness which caused him to cancel last night's concert in Copenhagen (Huffington Post, 2010).

Robbie Williams’ Mystery Illness
September 17, 2010

Robbie Williams says he’s been battling an illness for years that has made him “lethargic and depressed.” He said he was recently diagnosed with the mystery problem but had been suffering for four years. Rob explained: “I thought I was lethargic and depressed as a person, I thought that was my make-up. I found out a few months ago that I'd been ill, completely by mistake, and I don't want to go into the whys and wherefores, but what I had made you lethargic and made you depressed and I'd had it for years and not known” (MTV, 2010).

Title: Robert Downey Jr. With Mystery Illness, Halts Production On Sherlock Holmes Sequel
Date: October 8, 2010
Source: Third Age

Abstract: Robert Downey Jr. apparently hasnt shown up to the London, England, set of Guy Ritchies Sherlock Holmes sequel, in which the Iron Man 2 star plays the titular character, because hes feeling under the weather.Everyone was fired up and ready to go, a source told British newspaper The Sun. Word filtered around that Robert had a bit of a sniffle and wouldnt be coming in. It was a bit of a shock (Third Age, 2010).

Title: Aretha Franklin Released From Hospital After Mystery Illness
Date: November 4, 2010
Source: Media Outrage

Abstract: Aretha Franklin is home resting after being discharged from the hospital on Saturday: Turns out Aretha Franklin was hospitalized late last month after falling ill and having to cancel a gig in Virginia “on doctor’s orders.” In a statement released by her new publicist Tracey Jordan, the Queen of Soul was released from Detroit’s Sinai Grace Hospital on Saturday (Oct. 30) “following a brief stay.” Jordan refused to comment on the specific nature of Franklin’s ailment. “Franklin is resting comfortably at home, but is anxious to get back on the road to perform for her countless fans around the world,” Jordan said. “I would like to thank my friends, fans and supporters for all the beautiful flowers and their many well wishes,” Franklin stated (Media Outrage, 2010).

Title: Peter Andre Struck Down By Mystery Illness
Date: November 16, 2010
Source: London Evening Standard

Abstract: The 'Behind Closed Doors' singer - who has two children Junior, five, and three-year-old Princess Tiaamii with ex-wife Katie Price - had to pull out of a recent public appearance and now has to undergo a series of medical tests to establish why he is feeling so unwell.He revealed in his new! magazine column: "I'm sorry to say that I haven't been feeling too great these last couple of weeks. I don't know what's wrong with me but I've got some ongoing health problems, and I've been having lots of tests at the hospital. I also had an MRI scan last week, so hopefully the doctors will get to the bottom of it soon (London Evening Standard, 2010).

Title: Linkin Park Cancel Concert Due To Chester Bennington's [Mystery] Illness
Date: February 11, 2011
Source: Current

Abstract: To give time to Chester Bennington to recuperate from his mystery illness, Linkin Park were forced to scrap their gig on February 10 (Current, 2011).

Title: Mystery Illness Hits Playboy Mansion Partygoers
Date: February 13, 2011
Source: ABC News

Abstract: The Los Angeles Department of Public Health is investigating a suspected respiratory infection outbreak among attendees of the DOMAINfest Global Conference, which drew more than 700 people from around the world.

The main activities of the conference on Internet business, which ran Feb. 1-3, were held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., but many participants also attended events at other locations, including the famed Playboy Mansion, which is in Holmby Hills.

The health department issued a statement saying it is investigating the cause and source of the illness, and said that nothing indicated the suspected outbreak extended beyond the attendees of the conference.

Eighty conference guests were reported sick, and at least four participants were reportedly diagnosed with a mild form of Legionnaires disease, an illness characterized by fever, headaches and aches all over the body.

"Outbreaks of legionnaire's disease are not that common," Dr. Stephen Jones of Northridge Hospital Medical Center told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV. "We'll see just sporadic outbreaks every once in a while, usually in groups of people who have been exposed to the bacteria, usually through some kind of contaminated air conditioning system" (ABC News, 2011).

Title: Bryan Ferry Suffering From Mystery Illness
Date: April 6, 2011
Source: Rolling Stone

Abstract: Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry has undergone tests in a U.K. hospital for an unknown ailment. Though some initial reports have claimed that the singer had a heart attack, his spokesperson clarified that this was not the case in a statement earlier today. The 65-year-old Ferry was taken to the hospital after complaining about feeling ill. The singer has canceled an appearance at an event for the 2012 Olympics but as of now will go forward with plans for solo tour dates in Israel, Russia and Northern Europe in the coming weeks (Rolling Stone, 2011).

Title: Teri Hatcher's Mystery Illness
Date: April 20, 2011
Source: Extra

Abstract: "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher reveals she has been battling a debilitating and rare illness, telling "Extra," "I've been struggling with this thing called frozen shoulder, which is a real condition which women get. It's basically left me pretty much not functioning with my left arm... I can't hook a bra anymore."

Hatcher explains the affliction is extremely painful. To alleviate the pain, the actress is treated with cortisone shots. "I'm not asking for sympathy or anything, it could be much worse, but when you take away something like being able to pick up a bag... I really can't wait 'til it's gone so I can just exercise like crazy again, because I sort of miss it."

Refusing to let her illness slow her down, the actress is teaming with Grain Foods Foundation to launch "The Bread Art Project," which benefits Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization that fights childhood hunger. "It's one-in-four in our country that are still going hungry," Hatcher explains.

In a unique and creative way of donating, Terri is asking fans to personalize virtual pieces of bread! "You can create a piece of toast and that will donate one dollar to Share Our Strength, and it's really fun" (Extra, 2011).

Title: Fergie’s Vomit-Filled Anniversary [Due To Mystery Illness]
Date: May 19, 2011
Source: Daily Fill

Abstract: Fergie “vomited all over the place” during a recent anniversary trip with husband Josh Duhamel. The 38-year-old actor – who married the Black Eyed Peas singer in 2009 – whisked his wife away to Mexico for a romantic break to celebrate their second wedding anniversary in January, only for her to be struck down with a mystery illness for a day and a half (Daily Fill, 2011)

Title: Mysterious Illness Slows Up-and-Coming Driver
Date: May 26, 2011
Source: New York Times

Abstract: From mastery to mystery, no Nascar driver has taken more dramatic turns this season than Trevor Bayne. Bayne is the 20-year-old part-time Sprint Cup driver who stunned the sport by winning the most prestigious race on the circuit, the Daytona 500, in only his second career start. That victory propelled him to instant stardom, only to have his promising career suddenly and bizarrely interrupted by an illness doctors have yet to diagnose (New York Times, 2011).

Title: Sonia Gandhi Undergoes Surgery For Mystery Illness In US Hospital
Date: August 5, 2011
Source: Economic Times

Abstract: Congress President Sonia Gandhi underwent a surgery in a US hospital and would be away for 2-3 weeks.

Party General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters on Thursday that the 64-year-old leader was "recently diagnosed with a medical condition that requires a surgery".

The Congress or the party president's office refused to disclose the details of the ailment that Sonia was suffering from or the hospital and the country where she is being treated. Astatement on her condition is likely to be issued on Friday.

Sources in the government said Sonia, accompanied by son Rahul and daughter Priyanka, left for the US on Wednesday.

That the Congress leaders had not been kept in the loop was evident when Dwivedi first told reporters on Thursday that she had already undergone surgery, before correcting himself.

The secrecy over Sonia's medical condition and even the place that she is being treated is baffling for many as she is the most important leader of the ruling coalition (Economic Times, 2011).

Title: US Open 2011: Venus Williams Reveals Mystery Illness With No Known Cure
Date: September 1, 2011
Source: Telegraph

Abstract: Williams pulled out of her second-round match at the US Open less than an hour before she was due to play Sabine Lisicki on Arthur Ashe Stadium. But her condition turns out to be a far more serious business than a simple tennis match.

As Williams explained in a statement, Sjögren’s syndrome is “an ongoing medical condition that affects my energy level and causes fatigue and joint pain … I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon.”

Williams has been dogged by injury and illness lately, to the point where she has played only 10 matches all year. Her problems included a bad hip and a torn abdominal muscle, but she was also reported to have a persistent illness (Telegraph, 2011)

Title: Jonah Lomu's Mystery Illness
Date: September 29, 2011
Source: Stuff

Abstract: As public concern mounts about the condition of rugby star Jonah Lomu, it appears a women's magazine has negotiated an exclusive deal for his story. The former All Black has been in Auckland Hospital since Saturday, and the lack of information on his condition has led to speculation he is seriously ill. Today an Auckland Hospital spokesperson directed queries about his health to a writer at the New Zealand Woman's Weekly magazine, "because they're the only ones allowed to know about his condition" (Stuff, 2011).

Title: Cassano Hospitalised With Mystery Illness
Date: October 31, 2011
Source: Corrierer

Abstract: AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano was taken ill on Saturday evening at Malpensa airport on his way back from Rome. He was admitted to Milan’s polyclinic. Mystery shrouds the exact nature of Cassano’s illness and the club has erected a wall of silence to ensure the player’s privacy. Cassano’s wife Carolina was at his side in hospital for almost the whole of Sunday. Others aboard the aircraft say that during the flight Cassano got out of his seat to laugh and joke with teammates. Then as he walked across the tarmac to the shuttle bus, the Bari-born playmaker looked faint, tired and disoriented, had difficulty speaking and moving, and complained of blurred vision. At first, it was thought that he had had a sudden drop in blood pressure or been the victim of a violent intestinal virus. Clearly, it was more than a run-of-the-mill attack of flu so he was taken immediately to the polyclinic for tests. “The lad is not well and we are looking into it”, was the laconic comment from club doctor Rodolfo Tavana, who was at Cassano’s bedside from the moment he went into hospital on Saturday evening. The player is believed to have gone home in the early hours of Sunday morning but was taken ill again. He was admitted to the polyclinic’s neurology ward, where he will remain until Monday for further tests, which it is hoped will shed light on the causes of the episode (Corriere, 2011).

Adele’s Mystery Illness
Date: October 31, 2011
Source: The Beat

Abstract: Rumors are out there that the mystery illness Adele is battling is actually a life-threatening form of throat cancer.  Adele announced Friday she has cancelled all her remaining performances in 2011 as she prepares to have surgery to repair her vocal cords (The Beat, 2011).

Title: Selena Gomez Rushed To Hospital With Mystery Illness After Appearing On TV Chat Show
Date: November 6, 2011
Source: Mirror

Abstract: Disney starlet Selena Gomez has been admitted to hospital in the US after being taken ill on The Tonight Show. The star, 18, who is romantically linked with singer and actor Justin Bieber, 17, was taken from the studios to a Los Angeles hospital, where she is undergoing tests. According to reports, the Wizards of Waverly Place actress fell ill after her interview with host Jay Leno. The exact problem is still unknown, but sources at the studios revealed she left complaining of nausea and severe headaches. An NBC insider said: “We haven’t heard what was wrong, she just suddenly came over unwell so she was taken to hospital (Mirror, 2011)

Title: Saturdays Star Frankie Sandford Still Fragile With Mystery Illness And Under Doctor's Orders
Date: November 16, 2011
Source: Now

Abstract: Frankie Sandford isn't allowed to attend all of The Saturdays' band commitments because she hasn't yet fully recovered from her mystery illness. The 22-year-old took a few weeks out to receive medical treatment last month but has since returned to the limelight, but only to prepare for the girls' upcoming stadium tour - and nothing else (Now, 2011).

Title: Mystery Illness Strikes Gay Singer George Michael
Date: November 23, 2011
Source: Opinion Wappers

Abstract: Could it be?, i wonder if it's?, has the symptoms of? perhaps it is! (Opinion Wappers, 2011).

Title: Mystery Dog Illness On Queen's Sandringham Estate Unlikely To Be Caused By Plants
Date: December 6, 2011
Source: Telegraph

Abstract: A mystery illness which may have killed at least eight dogs exercised on the Queen’s Sandringham estate is unlikely to have been caused by plants, scientists have said.

Researchers investigating the outbreak of so-called Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) say there is no sign that green algae, non-native plants or fungi are behind the deaths.

A report by Animal Health Trust (AHT) found there were 95 cases of the illness in five woodlands across the country this year. The areas included Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Thetford Forest, Norfolk, as well as Sandringham.

Two dogs walked on the royal estate are known to have died this year, while six died last year. No new cases of SCI have been reported for a month.

Since the outbreak, Dr Mark Spencer of the Natural History Museum, has visited Sandringham and concluded there was “no obvious evidence of any plants which would cause the clinical signs of SCI in dogs through contact alone” (Telegraph, 2011)

Title: 'Bushy-Tailed' Lloyds Chief Antonio Horta-Osorio Prepares For His Comeback [After Mystery Illness]
Date: December 14, 2011

Abstract: "In layman's term, he overdid it," said Lloyds Banking Group's communication director, Matt Young, when asked to say why the lender's chief executive had just been forced to take six weeks off to recoup from a mystery illness. He was very well... bushy-tailed... big smile," was Lloyds chairman Sir Win Bischoff's take on the re-energised Antonio Horta-Osorio, who will return to the helm of the state-backed bank next month (Telegraph, 2011).

Title: John Edwards Cites Mystery Illness To Delay Trial's Start
Date: December 22, 2011
Source: NY Daily News

Abstract: Former presidential candidate John Edwards says he has been diagnosed with a medical condition that would make it difficult for him to attend his approaching criminal trial over campaign finances and is asking for it to be delayed.

In a motion filed Thursday, Edwards' lawyers asked a federal judge to delay the start of the Jan. 30 trial for at least two months. They did not disclose his illness and filed sealed records with the court.

"The Defendant has a medical issue ... that will prevent a trial of this matter during the January 2012 Criminal Term," the motion says. "The failure to grant a continuance would be likely to result in a miscarriage of justice."

Members of the defense team could not immediately be reached for comment (NY Daily News, 2011).

Title: Angelina Jolie Fights ‘Mystery Illness’
Date: December 24, 2011
Source: Gossip Cop

Abstract: “Angelina Jolie is battling a mystery illness that is causing her hair to fall out and speeding up her continuing weight loss,” claims Star magazine. According to the tabloid, it’s a “dire situation,” and Brad Pitt is “begging her to get help.” A so-called Star “source” alleges, “Angie’s not doing very well at the moment. She is eating, but the weight is still falling off and she’s constantly exhausted, often going to bed at the same time as the kids.” An alarmist “insider” adds, “She cries for no reason (Gossip Cop, 2011)

Title: Mystery Illness Sidelines AC/DC
Date: January 27, 2012
Source: Epiphone

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson told the The Cowhead Show that the band’s new album plans have been delayed by illness. “One of the boys is a little sick and I can’t say anything, but he’s getting better. He’s doing wonderful. Full recovery fully expected.”Johnson says that he expects the band to go back into the studio later this year to start working on a follow-up to 2008’s Black Ice. It’s a wonderful thing when we get in a room. Whenever the boys get back together, I get all excited. The boys, after a while, pick the guitars up, Phil [Rudd] will make his way to the drums, Cliff [Williams] will pull his bass out and then all of a sudden this noise comes out and I sit there with just this big old grin on my face” (Epiphone, 2012).

Title: Does Google CEO Larry Page Have Mystery Illness?
Date: June 23, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: Google Inc.  says Chief Executive Larry Page has "lost his voice," but it won't say much more about the matter. Some corporate governance experts think the Internet company should speak up.

The billionaire co-founder missed Google's annual meeting Thursday, and the company said he will miss two other important engagements over the next several weeks.

Google gave no further information about Mr. Page's problems, though it said he continues to lead the company. The lack of details surrounding the matter prompted some speculation on Wall Street about whether he may have a serious medical condition.

In an email to employees on Thursday, however, Mr. Page wrote that "there is nothing seriously wrong with me" and that he would "continue to run the company," according to a person familiar with the matter.

The 39-year-old Mr. Page took over as chief executive last year, his second stint running Google in its 14-year history. He was absent from the shareholder meeting at the company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters.

At the meeting, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Mr. Page had "lost his voice" and "can't do any public speaking engagements for the time being," including the coming week's Google annual conference for software developers and at the second-quarter earnings conference call that is expected in mid-July. He added that "Larry will continue to run the company, he's running all the strategic business decisions and all that."

Mr. Schmidt, who wished Mr. Page a "quick recovery," also joked that co-founder Sergey Brin "has said that this problem will make Larry a better CEO because he's going to have to choose his words very carefully."

Few watchers of the Internet giant seemed in a joking mood, however. That is especially true in Silicon Valley, where the death of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs is still fresh in people's minds.

Apple's disclosures about the health of Mr. Jobs, who died in October after a battle with pancreatic cancer, were criticized at times for providing few details about his condition.

"We have no specific reason to think there is anything more to Larry's condition, but we find it odd that the company would already rule him out of the 2Q call which is likely still a few weeks away," wrote JP Morgan stock analyst Doug Anmuth in a note to clients.

He added, "We think this could raise some questions among investors."

Mr. Anmuth also noted that Mr. Page, who regularly posts links and comments on his Google+ social network account, hasn't posted anything publicly since May 25.

Inside Google, some executives were told Mr. Page's issue isn't serious and that he's "OK," according to a person familiar with the matter.

Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Herman Leung says he's started to get calls from investors, asking if they should be worried about this. "Yeah, probably a little bit," he said. "Hopefully, Google will give us an update."

Mr. Page's voice generally sounds slightly strained, raspy or hoarse. A recording of a 20-minute speech last month in London showed Mr. Page noticeably pausing several times to swallow before continuing to speak, but it is unclear whether that was a symptom of his current problem.

Some leadership experts contend Google should divulge more about Mr. Page's voice problem. As the CEO of a public company, "he's not entitled to his privacy,'' said Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a senior associate dean at Yale School of Management.

"We need to know if it [his voice] is imperiled," he said.

The Google board should inform shareholders about the cause and likely duration of Mr. Page's condition, according to Mr. Sonnenfeld, author of several leadership books. A degenerative health problem "could have a material adverse impact on the company,'' he added (Fox News, 2012)