By Savannah Smith  |  10-16-2018   News
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at age 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65 <a href="https://t.co/vvyVzOeAqy">https://t.co/vvyVzOeAqy</a></p>&mdash; Bloomberg (@business) <a href="https://twitter.com/business/status/1051982476632051713?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Allen’s multifaceted holding company Vulcan Inc. issued the announcement. The man also credited for being a prominent leader not just of business but also of philanthropy in the Seattle area died Monday afternoon. His death comes just two weeks after Vulcan Inc. also announced that he had restarted treatment for cancer. He was first treated for the ailment in 2009.

Allen co-founded Redmond tech giant Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates in 1975. Gates immediately released a statement on Allen’s death and said he was “heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends.” He also gave credit to his friend and collaborator and stressed that personal computing would not have existed if not for Allen.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bill Gates&#39; statement on the death of fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen: &quot;He deserved much more time, but his contributions to the world of technology and philanthropy will live on for generations to come.&quot; <a href="https://t.co/KzlTc6FYEO">https://t.co/KzlTc6FYEO</a> <a href="https://t.co/EsJzJzKkQl">pic.twitter.com/EsJzJzKkQl</a></p>&mdash; ABC News (@ABC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1051985521281388545?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Paul Allen and Bill Gates at 17 and 15 years old. <a href="https://t.co/1jKSxCNn8h">pic.twitter.com/1jKSxCNn8h</a></p>&mdash; Pablo The Champ (@pabloknows) <a href="https://twitter.com/pabloknows/status/1051989577253232640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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After leaving Microsoft, Allen turned his focus to a wide range of other business and scientific pursuits including founding the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and the real estate arm of Vulcan, which is responsible for building much of Amazon’s campus.

Gates also gave credit to Allen for “improving people’s lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world.”

Forbes put Allen’s worth at $20 billion, his vast wealth allowing him to engage in two of his passions, sports, and music. Allen owned the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers. Being a guitarist, he also established the Experience Music Project and supported local radio station KEXP.

In his later life, Allen has dedicated his interest and focus on treasure hunting. Last year, his team discovered a long-lost World War II warship over 18,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. He even described the discovery as “truly humbling.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Important chapter of WWII history concludes–I hope survivors/families gain some closure. Anchor and ship&#39;s bell seen here. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USSIndianapolis?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USSIndianapolis</a> <a href="https://t.co/Kk1YrcaeN1">pic.twitter.com/Kk1YrcaeN1</a></p>&mdash; Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulGAllen/status/898946312451653632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 19, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Allen has passionately ventured into shipwrecks and sea excavation and owned a shipwreck excavation company.

Allen and his company Petrel also found the naval destroyer IT Artigliere buried in 12,000 feet underwater off the coast of eastern Sicily in 2016. Petrel uses advanced underwater technology for its shipwreck explorations.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WWII Italian destroyer Artigliere found by RV Petrel. Here’s video of her more than 3,600m below the surface in the Sicily-Malta escarpment <a href="https://t.co/cUcE0H5G4u">pic.twitter.com/cUcE0H5G4u</a></p>&mdash; Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulGAllen/status/871758936516554753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 5, 2017</a></blockquote>

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His treasure-hunting pursuits are possibly more than just a hobby for the billionaire as it is also a quietly lucrative business.

Other tributes also poured in for Allen.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Apple&#39;s Tim Cook on the death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen: &quot;Our industry has lost a pioneer and our world has lost a force for good.&quot; <a href="https://t.co/KzlTc6FYEO">https://t.co/KzlTc6FYEO</a> <a href="https://t.co/SQbHhdU0eA">pic.twitter.com/SQbHhdU0eA</a></p>&mdash; ABC News (@ABC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1051979619820130304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Statement from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the passing of Paul Allen: <a href="https://t.co/1iLDLenLKz">pic.twitter.com/1iLDLenLKz</a></p>&mdash; Microsoft (@Microsoft) <a href="https://twitter.com/Microsoft/status/1051960986385543168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Paul Allen&#39;s passing leaves <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Seahawks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Seahawks</a> in mourning–and in awe: &quot;We lost an amazing person today.&quot; &quot;A great friend, a giant.&quot; &quot;A genius.&quot; <a href="https://t.co/bOUGll8HmA">https://t.co/bOUGll8HmA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/thenewstribune?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@thenewstribune</a></p>&mdash; Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) <a href="https://twitter.com/gbellseattle/status/1052005394451652608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Very sad to hear of Paul Allen’s passing. His passion for invention and pushing forward inspired so many. He was relentless to the end. My heart goes out to Paul’s family and friends.</p>&mdash; Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffBezos/status/1051983010722013184?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Source:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/obituaries/microsoft-co-founder-paul-allen-dies-at-65/

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