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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, passes away after battle with cancer


WASHINGTON (Circa) — Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and sports team owner, has passed away at the age of 65.

Allen, who owned the Portland Trailblazers and Seattle Seahawks, died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to a statement released by his company Vulcan Inc.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our founder Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts," Allen's family said in a separate statement. "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.”

Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, previously battled non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2009. He's quoted in a tweet announcing his death saying, "as long as we work together - with both urgency and determination - there are no limits to what we can achieve.

The tech maven revealed his battle with cancer on Oct. 1st in a tweet saying, "Recently, I learned the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma I battled in 2009 has returned. I’ve begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result. Appreciate the support I’ve received & count on it as I fight this challenge."

"Millions of people were touched by his generosity, his persistence in pursuit of a better world, and his drive to accomplish as much as he could with the time and resources at his disposal," a statement from Vulcan Inc. says.

The company also revealed that Allen "thoughtfully addressed how the many institutions he founded and supported would continue after he was no longer able to lead them." But they don't want to talk about those future proceedings at this time.

"There are no changes imminent for Vulcan, the teams, the research institutes or museums," the company says.

This is a developing story.

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