Microsoft’s Co-founder Paul Allen Dies from Cancer

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Billionaire investor and entrepreneur, Paul Allen, who was one of the co-founders of tech giant Microsoft, has died this week at the age of 65.

The head of investment firm Vulcan passed away from complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.

It was just two weeks ago that Allen said he was being treated for the disease. His sister Jody Allen stated on behalf of his family, “My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. He was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.”

It was in 1975 that Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. He left the company in 1982 when he was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease.

“I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates stated. “Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him.”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella remarked, “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.”

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