Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen has died. He was 65.
The computer pioneer announced two weeks ago he was suffering from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma – nine years after he was first treated for the disease.
After learning his diagnosis, Allen wrote in a statement that he had begun undergoing treatment and planned to fight it “aggressively.”
"I learned recently that the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that I was treated for in 2009 has returned,” he wrote. “My team of doctors has begun treatment of the disease and I plan on fighting this aggressively.
“A lot has happened in medicine since I overcame this disease in 2009. My doctors are optimistic that I will see good results from the latest therapies, as am I.”
In a statement, Allen’s sister Jody called her brother 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 said. “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.”
Allen has owned the NFL’s Seahawks since 1997. He also owns the Portland Trailblazers and holds a minority ownership in the Seattle Sounders FC.
It was just announced today that Allen planned to pass out $30 million to house 94 homeless and low-income families in south Seattle.
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