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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies at 65

Statement from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

News by Matt Kim, .

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who helped founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, died today at the age of 65 because of "complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma."

Early reports said that Allen's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma returned after he initially overcame the disease nine years ago. Microsoft confirmed the news on Twitter along with a statement from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

"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 crated magical products, experiences and intuitions, 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 love ones. Rest in peace."

AP News reports that over several decades Allen became a philanthropist and gave more than $2 billion to "a wide range of interests, including ocean health, homelessness and advancing scientific research." He was also the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks.

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