San Francisco (October 16, 2018): Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died of cancer at the age of 65 on Monday.
Allen’s sister Jody said in a statement,”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… 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.”
Allen died just two weeks after publicly revealing that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma he fought into remission nine years ago had returned. Incurable cancer affects white blood cells. Allen managed his business and charitable endeavours at Vulcan Inc.
He was also active with the Allen Institutes of scientific research and owned professional US sports teams the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers. He was part owner of the Major League Soccer team the Seattle Sounders.“All of us who had the honour of working with Paul feel the inexpressible loss today,” said a statement by Vulcan, which Allen launched after leaving Microsoft in 1983.
“He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make the profound and lasting impact.”
Microsoft said Allen’s “contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable.”