On Monday afternoon, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away at the age of 65.

In a statement prepared by Allen’s firm Vulcan Inc, the cause of death is said to have been complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The world feels a lot emptier today because Allen was more than just the co-founder of one of the biggest tech companies in the world.

At age 37 Allen became a billionaire and he spent much of his life giving that wealth away as a philanthropist. By 2008 he had given away $1 billion.

“My brother 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,” Jody Allen, Paul’s sister, said in a statement.

“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,” she concluded.

Speaking with ABC News, Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and long time friend of Allen said, “From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him.”

After leaving Microsoft, Allen founded investment and project management firm Vulcan.

But if you remember Paul Allen for anything let it be that the man could shred.

Music was such a deep part of the technologist’s life that his firm saw it fit to include the first concert he attended – Jimi Hendrix at the Seattle Center Coliseum in 1969.

You can see just how well the Microsoft co-founder could play in the video below.

Rest in peace Paul Allen, you’ve left a mark on this world and you will be missed.

[Source – Vulkan]
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