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SAN FRANCISCO – Paul Allen, a technology pioneer who helped launch the personal computer revolution as co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, has died according to his company, Vulcan Inc.

The cause was complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a condition that surfaced in 2009 and returned just a few weeks ago. Allen was 65.

On Oct. 1, Allen wrote a short but optimistic note on his personal website, noting that "I've begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I want to see a good result." Appreciate the support I've received & count on it as I fight this challenge. "

Washington Gov. Paul Inslee on Monday called "A Giant in Washington history."

Gates, describing himself as "heartbroken" in a statement released by his office, said he's "not content starting one company, he's channeled his intellect and

"He was fond of saying, 'If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it,'" Gates wrote

FILE – In this July 17, 2001 file photo, p eattle Seahawk's owner Paul Allen appears in a suite at Seattle's team's stadium. Allen, billionaire owner of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks and Microsoft co-founder, who died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at age 65. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, had returned. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson, File) ORG XMIT: NYCL104 [Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP]

Allied found Microsoft in 1975 when he was 22, joining his longtime Seattle-area computer pal a venture that transformed society.

While he was on his way to becoming a philanthropic worker, Allen left the company in 1982 because of an illness, and never returned full-time.

Instead Allen, who was worth $ 20 billion, has quickly gained access to a wealth of technology investments as well as a passion for cultural ventures in Seattle.

So what's the name of the owner of numerous mega-yachts? and sports franchises, including the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.

Vulcan CEO Bill Hilt, as well as the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers, Stratolaunch Systems, Allen Institute and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, 19659010, "It reflects his myriad interests in technology, music and the arts, biosciences and artificial intelligence, conservation, and the power of shared experience." In a stadium or a neighborhood, "Hilt said."

Allen's sister, Jody Allen, said on the Vulcan site that her 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.

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"Paul's family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern, "she wrote.

The non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that took all's life is a type of cancer that develops in the body's white blood cells and lymph nodes, which are

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, left, with Portland Trail Blazer's owner and former business partner Paul Allen during a game between Blazer's and Seattle's SuperSonics in Seattle, March 11, 2003. (Photo: ELAINE THOMPSON, AP)

There are two types, indolent, which is slow growing and aggressive, which can spread rapidly ed highly treatable especially if discovered early.

Other tributes to Allen

CEO Satya Nadella wrote on his LinkedIn page that Allen's "contributions to our company, our industry and our community are indispensable." As co-founder of Microsoft, he created magical products, experiences and

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Past CEO Steve Ballmer tweeted "Paul wants to be him."

Music producer Quincy Jones tweeted "RIP to my dear friend" (Paul Allen) Your genius & generosity has & forever wants to be felt by mankind. "

Earlier this year, Jones regaled New York magazine's Vulture blog Allen's yachts, noting that Allen could play and sing "Just like (Jimi) Hendrix," another seattle area legend whose guitars Allen collected.

The story of Allen and Gates founding Microsoft Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created Apple. Allen and Gates started their friendship as teens.

Allen and Gates met at the Lakeside elite private school in Seattle. They first met in 1967 when Allen was 14 and Gates was 12.

Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen joins in with the band and plays electric guitar at a June night presidential election victory party on June 18,1997, in Seattle. (Photo: ELAINE THOMPSON, AP)

Nearly a decade later, Allen showed Gates an article in the magazine Popular Electronics about the Altair 8800, a build-it-yourself computer kit that needed a programming language.

In 1975, the friends opened a small office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from which they began to sell their software, a computer language product dubbed microsoft. At the time, Allen worked at Honeywell as a programmer. Gates took a leave of absence from Harvard, where he was a student.

Allen is credited with naming the company, which he did by combining microcomputer and software. At the time many computers were room-filling behemoths and the type of computers they were targeting were called microcomputers, or the precursors to the modern PC.

In 1979, Allen and Gates moved their company back home to Bellevue, Washington, just across Lake Washington from Seattle. Microsoft quickly cemented the Pacific Northwest city as a high-tech magnet, rivaled only by their Apple rivals down south in Cupertino, Calif.

But where Apple's fortunes fluctuated as Jobs used his marketing to push against the almost unrivaled hegemony of Microsoft's Microsoft's biggest speed bump came at the turn of the Millennium as a result of a Department of Justice's anti-monopoly suit.

But by that point, Allen had been long gone from the company he had helped create, dabbling instead in everything from space exploration to collecting famous rock guitars to own big league teams.

Allen's influence on his hometown was outsourced.

In the early '90s, Allen said the commons, a large, central park-like expanses, would have turned the area between the Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle, and downtown in a wide urban oasis of green.

Allen lent $ 20 million to the plan, which is used to buy low-rise industrial land in the area. But Seattle officials twice voted down the proposal, in 1995 and 1996.

In what turned out to be a major irony, one of the main concerns at the time was that in the office developments. Amazon 11 buildings in 2007, totaling 1.6 million square feet of office space

That's the beginning of Amazon's dominating move to the area just north of

Seattle Seahawks majority owner Paul.

He was the sole investor in SpaceShipOne, the first privately-funded ship to put a civilian into suborbital space around the Earth. That effort, led by Burt Rutan, won the Ansari X Prize of $ 10 million in 2004.

Vulcan Aerospace, which is building space for private low Earth orbit launches.

But it wasn 't just science fiction that attracted Allen's billions. The investor therefore puts his money toward medical research. In a 2012 interview with Seattle-area TV station KING 5, Allen talked about donating $ 300 million to brain research and reflected modestly on his role in the technological revolution that unfolded in his lifetime.

"If you think back when Bill Gates and I started out, nobody had personal computers, "Allen said. [USA]

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