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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer at 65

Paul Allen, co-founder of tech giant Microsoft passed away on Monday, due to cancer of the lymphatic system. He was 65.

In a report by CNN business, Allen who also founded Vulcan Inc. died in Seattle two weeks after he said he was undergoing treatment for the disease referred to as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Allen co-founded Microsoft together with Bill Gates in 1975. The two went on the same private school in Seattle.

Gates said in a released statement: “I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen.”

“Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him,” he added.

Allen left Microsoft in 1982 after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease.

(Photo source: Twitter – @VulcanInc/ @JonErlichman)