Ex-Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson told board he had cancer

Scott Thompson, who resigned this weekend as chief executive of Yahoo, reportedly disclosed to the company’s board of directors and several colleagues last week that he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

The news was reported this evening by the WSJ.

The disclosure by Thompson, who is 54, came just as pressure was peaking for to step down because of errors on his bio about his academic accomplishments. According to the WSJ’s sources, the cancer diagnosis also contributed to his decision to step down from Yahoo.

Yahoo announced today that Thompson has resigned as CEO.