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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer

BILLIONAIRE Paul Allen, who founded US software giant Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s, has died at the age of 65 after his latest battle with cancer, his family said.

His death comes just two weeks after announcing he had restarted treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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

media_cameraPaul Allen and Bill Gates pictured in March 2013. Picture: AP

“Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern … At this time of lossand grief for us — and so many others — we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.“

After leaving Microsoft, Allen turned his focus to a wide range of other business and scientific pursuits, which including founding the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and the real estate arm of Vulcan, which went on to build much of Amazon’s campus.

Allen also owned the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers.

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