Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer at 65
Allen announced in early October that the cancer of the lymphatic system, for which he was treated in 2009, had returned. He wrote that the doctors were optimistic and that he intended to fight the disease. He passed away in Seattle on Monday afternoon, his investment firm Vulcan confirmed in a statement.
“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level,” his sister Jody Allen said in a statement on behalf of his family. “He was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.”
Statement from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the passing of Paul Allen: pic.twitter.com/1iLDLenLKz— Microsoft (@Microsoft) October 15, 2018
“As a 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,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Factfile on Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder who died after his latest battle with cancer at age 65 pic.twitter.com/VOQiwGkd2c— AFP news agency (@AFP) 16 октября 2018 г.
Allen co-founded Microsoft with Gates in 1975, but left the company - with his shares - in 1983, when he was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He went on to establish Vulcan, purchase several sports teams, and fund the SpaceShip One commercial spacecraft.
Paul Allen and Bill Gates in 2013, recreating their classic 1981 photo: pic.twitter.com/zzvmlLxDho— Jon Erlichman (@JonErlichman) October 15, 2018
He was owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, and part-owner of the MLS team Seattle Sounders FC. He was also a patron of arts and education.
In recent years, Allen organized undersea expeditions that discovered the wrecks of World War II warships HMS Hood, USS Lexington, IJN Musashi and USS Indianapolis, among others.
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