Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Has Died At Age 65

Paul Allen, the co-founder of tech giant, Microsoft, has died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The news was delivered by Vulcan Inc, a company he founded in 1986, on behalf of his family.

Allen passed away on Monday afternoon in Seattle aged 65, the company said. He was “a remarkable individual on every level,” his sister, Jody, said in a statement.

“While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern,” she continued.

“For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”

Vulcan said via a tweet that he was a “noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician, and supporter of the arts.”

Allen revealed in early October that he had started treatment non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the same cancer he battled and overcame nine years earlier. He left Microsoft shortly after his first diagnosis.

“As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world,” current Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella said in a statement.

Ranked 44th on Forbes‘ 2018 list of billionaires, Allen had an estimated net worth of around $20 billion. He owned the NBA‘s Portland Trail Blazers and the NFL‘s Seattle Seahawks, and donated huge amounts of money to worthy causes. In 2014, he donated $100 million to help fight Ebola.