Seahawks, Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has died
Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers has died at 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
His family made the announcement in a statement on Monday through his 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. 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 announced on October 1 that the cancer he had defeated in 2009 had returned.
“I’ve begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result,” Allen posted on Twitter. “Appreciate the support I’ve received & count on it as I fight this challenge.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a statement shortly after the news of his death.
“Paul Allen’s contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quest and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world. I have learned so much from him – his inquisitiveness, curiosity and push for high standards is something that will continue to inspire me and all of us at Microsoft. Our hearts are with Paul’s family and loved ones. Rest in peace.”