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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Courtesy: Vulcan

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 65, his company Vulcan has announced.

Allen, who died in Seattle on Monday, started Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975. He was the older of the two, and the more technically competent one.

His sister Judy said in a statement: “My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul 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. 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.”

Vulcan chief executive Bill Hilf said: "All of us who had the honour of working with Paul feel an inexpressible loss today. He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact.

"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."

Allen owns the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers, Stratolaunch Systems, the Allen Institute and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

Hilf added: "Paul’s life was diverse and lived with gusto. It reflected his myriad interests in technology, music and the arts, biosciences and artificial intelligence, conservation and in the power of shared experience – in a stadium or a neighborhood – to transform individual lives and whole communities.

"Paul loved Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The impact of Paul’s efforts can be seen here at every turn. But the true impact of his vision and generosity is evident around the globe.

"Paul thoughtfully addressed how the many institutions he founded and supported would continue after he was no longer able to lead them. This isn’t the time to deal in those specifics as we focus on Paul’s family. We will continue to work on furthering Paul’s mission and the projects he entrusted to us. There are no changes imminent for Vulcan, the teams, the research institutes or museums.

"Today we mourn our boss, mentor and friend whose 65 years were too short – and acknowledge the honour it has been to work alongside someone whose life transformed the world.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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