Paul Allen, the owner of the Seahawks and Trail Blazers, has died at the age of 65.
Allen announced that his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had returned at the beginning of October, nine years after he first battled the disease.
Allen’s sister, Jody, said in a statement he was “a remarkable individual on every level.”
“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,” she said. “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 co-founded Microsoft, has owned the Portland Trail Blazers since 1988 and the Seattle Seahawks since 1996. Allen’s Vulcan Sports & Entertainment is part of the ownership team of the Seattle Sounders FC, a franchise that started in 2009 at CenturyLink Field — a stadium also controlled by Allen.
Once his cancer returned, Allen stepped down as the CEO of Microsoft to focus on his treatment.
According to the latest rankings by Forbes, Allen is the 44th-richest person in the world with a net worth of approximately $20.2 billion.