Paul Allen the co-founder of Microsoft has died.
He died on Monday Afternoon, October, 15, 2018 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Seattle. He died two weeks after he revealed that he had been rediagnosed as suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – something he was treated for, and seemingly cured of, in 2009. At the time, his doctors said they were “optimistic” about the treatment but, unfortunately, a statement made on Monday afternoon confirmed his death.
Paul’s sister, Ms. Jody Allen, has released the following statement on behalf of the family.
“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. 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. 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.”
Speaking on Allen’s death, Gates said: “I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends… Personal computing would not have existed without him”
“From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear friend.
“He deserved much more time, but his contributions to the world of technology and philanthropy will live on for generations to come,” he said. “I will miss him tremendously”.
His company Vulcan Inc. released a statement on Monday announcing his death.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of @PaulGAllen, our founder and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts. All of us who worked with Paul feel an inexpressible loss today. https://t.co/OMLZ7ivvSD pic.twitter.com/Bfa8kK6Q8e
— Vulcan Inc. (@VulcanInc) October 15, 2018
Paul Allen is the owner of Vulcan Inc., the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers, Stratolaunch Systems, the Allen Institute and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
It is estimated that Allen donated more than $2 billion (£1.5 billion) to philanthropy throughout his life. He’s supported scientific research, education initiatives, wildlife conservation, and historical preservation amongst others. He also bailed out the Seattle Seahawks NFL team from going under and moving stadium, which it’s argued helped them win the US Superbowl in 2013.
He co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 at the age of 22 but left the company in 1982 after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease.