Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft passed away today (Oct 16) at the age of 65 in Seattle. Ironically, this is the same city in which he was born. His death was a result of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Allen was diagnosed with Stage 1 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982. The year following that, he resigned before getting rebuffed by Gates. Allen actually founded Microsoft in 1975 with Bill Gates.  In addition, he also owned the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers

He officially left as a member of Microsoft’s company’s board of directors in November of 2000.  


His sister, Jody, released a statement where she says, “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 Allen’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity, and deep concern”.

“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.”