Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died on Monday following complications with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple outlets reported. Allen was 65.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Allen’s contributions to the company and the tech industry 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,” Nadella said.

Allen and Bill Gates, his childhood friend, started Microsoft together in 1975. Allen left the company in 1983 as he faced Hodgkin’s lymphoma but remained on the board until 2000. He was also known for investments made through his company Vulcan Inc., the efforts of his organization Paul G. Allen Philanthropies, and as the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks.

Allen’s sister Jody Allen issued the following statement on his family’s behalf:

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.

Tributes for Paul Allen poured in on Twitter as the news of his death circulated.

H/T the Verge

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.