Paul Allen, an American businessman who co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in 1975, has died at the age of 65 years old. Allen announced in early October that the canncer, which he had been previously treated for in 2009, had returned. Allen’s official cause of death was complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
According to CNN, Allen — who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 and left in 1983 when he was treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma — was treated for the cancer again in 2009 and had been in remission. However, in the beginning of October 2018, Allen announced that the disease had returned and that he planned “on fighting this aggressively” while continuing to work.
Prior to his death, Allen was estimated to be the 46th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $20.3 billion. Allen purchased the Seattle Seahawks in 1997 and the Portland TrailBlazers in 1988. In addition, Allen was the co-owner of the MLS’ Seattle Sounders FC. The Seahawks appeared in three Super Bowls while being owned by Allen.
Allen’s family released an official statement on the Microsoft co-founder’s passing:
This is a time of profound loss for Mr. Allen’s family. On their behalf, Paul’s sister, Ms. Jody Allen, has released the following 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. 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.”
Paul Allen Cause of Death: Complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma
Paul Allen, the co-founder of the computer company Microsoft and the owner of the Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trailblazers, and Seattle Sounders, died from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma on Monday, October 15. Allen was previously treated for cancer in 2009.