Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has passed on due to complications arising from his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Allen was 65 years old.
His fellow co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, said Allen was a “true partner and dear friend,” adding that he “loved life and those around him, and we all cherished him in return.”
“He deserved much more time, but his contributions to the world of technology and philanthropy will live on for generations to come. I will miss him tremendously,” Gates said in a BBC report.
Early this month, Allen revealed that undergoing treatment as his 2009 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has returned. He shared in a tweet that he is “optimistic” and expressed appreciation for those who have been supporting him.
Some personal news: Recently, I learned the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma I battled in 2009 has returned. I’ve begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result. Appreciate the support I’ve received & count on it as I fight this challenge. https://t.co/ZolxS8lni5
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) October 1, 2018
“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,” Allen’s sister Jody said in a statement.
Jody added that the Microsoft co-founder always had “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.”
Allen is one of the world’s wealthiest individuals with an estimated net worth of more than $20 billion, a report said.
Apart from co-founding a tech giant, Allen also owned two professional sports teams namely, the NFL Seattle Seahawks and NBA Portland Trailblazers.
Gates said Allen was not contented with starting one company as “he channeled his intellect and compassion into a second act focused on improving people’s lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world. He was fond of saying, ‘If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.’ That’s the kind of person he was.”