Paul Allen, a technology pioneer who helped launch the personal computer revolution as co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, has died, according to his company, Vulcan Inc.
The cause was complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a condition that surfaced in 2009 and returned just a few weeks ago. Allen was 65.
On Oct. 1, Allen wrote a short but upbeat note on his personal website, noting that “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.”
Washington Gov. Paul Inslee called Allen “a giant in Washington history.”
Gates, describing himself as “heartbroken” in a statement released by his office, said his friend “wasn’t content starting one company, he channeled his intellect and compassion into a second act focused on improving people’s lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world.
“He was fond of saying, ‘If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it,'” Gates wrote. “That’s the kind of person he was.”
Allen helped found Microsoft in 1975 when he was 22, joining his longtime Seattle-area computer pal in a venture that transformed society.