Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder and Seahawks owner, Dies At 65

He disclosed earlier this month he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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Microsoft co-founder and the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers, Paul Allen, looks on from his seat against the Golden State Warriors. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Monday at 65-years-old.

“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,” Allen’s sister, Jody, said in a statement, according to CNBC.

“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 was ranked 44th on Forbes’ 2018 list of billionaires and with an estimated net worth of more than $20 billion. He set up a network of philanthropic efforts and organizations, called Vulcan, that supported research in artificial intelligence and new frontier technologies.

He also owned two sports teams, the NFL Seattle Seahawks and NBA Portland Trailblazers.

As an electric guitarist, he also occasionally played with the likes of Bono and Mick Jagger.

Allen’s death was met with an outpouring of condolences from industries and people around the nation, such as the NFL, tech leaders and philanthropists.

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