Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

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Paul Allen (left) and Bill Gates in the early days of Microsoft.
Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died today after a battle fighting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Allen was 65 years old and was also the owners of the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers.

“Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern,” Jody Allen, Paul Allen’s sister said in a statement. “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.”

After being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and successfully fighting it in 2009, Allen was optimistic he would beat it again when announced it came back in a recent blog post.

Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and was credited with creating the company’s name. He was estimated to by the 46th wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of $20.3 billion. He pledged to leave his fortune to charity as he never had a wife or children.

Apple CEO tweeted out his condolences to the Allen family and Microsoft.