Microsoft's co-founder, Paul Allen, passes away from illness

Paul Allen, who alongside Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1975, passed away earlier today owing to complications from a non-Hodgkin lymphoma he was being treated for.

Allen's sister eulogised him as follows:

“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.”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also expressed his condolence at Allen's passing in a statement:

"Paul Allen’s contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet 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."

Alongside his role in the birth of Microsoft, the 65-year-old Allen was also the owner of the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers. He was also a titan in the world of philanthropy, having awarded more than $2 billion in his lifetime for the betterment of education, wildlife and environmental conservation and other charitable causes through organisations he founded and funded, such as the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and the Institute for Cell Science.

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