Shocking: Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-founder Dies At 65
Paul Allen, the man who coined the name “Microsoft”, is dead after suffering from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.he died at age 65.
Recall that On Oct. 2, Allen, who owned the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, announced that the non-Hodgkins lymphoma he was treated for in 2009 had returned, in a post on his personal website.
“A lot has happened in medicine since I overcame this disease in 2009,” Allen wrote. “My doctors are optimistic that I will see good results from the latest therapies, as am I. I will continue to stay involved with Vulcan, the Allen Institutes, the Seahawks and Trail Blazers, as I have in the past. I have confidence in the leadership teams to manage their ongoing operations during my treatment. I am very grateful for the support I’ve received from my family and friends. And I’ve appreciated the support of everyone on the teams and in the broader community in the past, and count on that support now as I fight this challenge. Go Seahawks! Go Blazers!”
Allen — who was the 26th richest man in America with a net worth of $15.8 billion as at the time of his death, according to forbes 400 list — had interests ranging far beyond PCs. In 1997, Allen co-founded Vulcan Productions with his sister, Jody. Vulcan was involved in films including “Far From Heaven,” “Hard Candy,” “Racing Extinction,” “Girl Rising” and most recently, an adaptation of Naoki Higashida’s bestseller “The Reason I Jump,” a documentary about autism.
Allen’s creativity also transferred to the music industry where he released an album with his band the Underthinkers in 2013. Their debut blues-rock album, “Everywhere at Once,” features Allen’s electric guitar on several songs including “Straw Into Gold,” “Six Strings From Hell” and “Pictures of a Dream.” He also takes the guitar solos on “Down Low” and “Big Blue Raindrops.”
According to a statement released by Allen’s Sister Jody Allen “ 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,” she wrote in the statement. “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.”
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft along with Allen, also released a statement fondly remembering his friend.
“I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen,” Bill Gates said in a statement. “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. Personal computing would not have existed without him.”
Several Technological have paid tribute to Allen On Twitter.
“We lost a great technology pioneer today – thank you, Paul Allen, for your immense contributions to the world through your work and your philanthropy,” said Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, added: “Our industry has lost a pioneer and our world has lost a force for good. We send our deepest condolences to Paul’s friends, the Allen family and everyone at Microsoft.”
Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce, described Allen as a “great leader in tech and a man of all seasons who fully enjoyed his life and wealth yet also gave back to the world at scale”.
Paul Allen would always be loved, remembered and missed not only for his numerous contributions in the computing and Technology industry but for his Philanthropist arts and charitable efforts in his community and at large.
Long Live Paul Allen