Seahawks, Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has died

Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers has died at 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

His family made the announcement in a statement on Monday through his sister Jody Allen.

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

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and owner of the Seahawks and Trail Blazers, died at 65.

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Allen announced on October 1 that the cancer he had defeated in 2009 had returned.

“I’ve begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result,” Allen posted on Twitter. “Appreciate the support I’ve received & count on it as I fight this challenge.”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a statement shortly after the news of his death.

"Paul Allen’s contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quest and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world. I have learned so much from him – his inquisitiveness, curiosity and push for high standards is something that will continue to inspire me and all of us at Microsoft. Our hearts are with Paul’s family and loved ones. Rest in peace."

Allen co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in 1972. He purchased the Trail Blazers in 1988 and the Seahawks in 1997.

Listed by Forbes as the world’s 21st wealthiest man worth $21.3 billion, Allen never married or had children. He donated more than $2 billion during his lifetime, according to Forbes, and announced in 2010 that intended to leave the bulk of his fortune to charity upon his death.

What his death means for Seahawks and Trail Blazers ownership is not immediately clear.

Allen is credited for saving the Seahawks in Seattle when he took the team over in 1996. In February of that year, then-owner Ken Behring announced plans to move the team to Anaheim. The franchise had mostly floundered since being founded in 1976 and had just finished a sixth consecutive losing season. 

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Paul Allen, from Asymetrix Corporation/Vulcan Inc., and Bill Gates, from Microsoft, share a laugh at the annual PC Forum, Phoenix, Arizona, February 22-25, 1987. (Photo by Ann E. Yow-Dyson/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2015 file photo, Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen looks on before the start of the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. Allen, billionaire owner of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks and Microsoft co-founder, says cancer he was treated for in 2009 has returned. Allen made the announcement Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 on Twitter, saying he recently learned of the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and that his team of doctors has started treatment. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen waves during lunch at the Allen and Co. conference at the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho July 12, 2007. Cooperation, not mutual destruction, is a major theme at this year's summer gathering of the media and technology elite in Sun Valley. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates (L) and Paul Allen (R) chat at courtside during the NBA game between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Portland Trailblazers at Key Arena in Seattle on March 11, 2003. As the current Microsoft chairman and chief software architect, billionaire Bill Gates was recently named the richest man in the world for a sixth straight year. Allen, a billionaire in his own right despite leaving Microsoft years ago, owns the Trailblazers and the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. REUTERS/Anthony P. Bolante APB
Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, arrives at the premiere of "Interstellar" at the TCL Chinese Theater on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
FILE--In this Jan. 18, 2015, file photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, left, talks to head coach Pete Carroll before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers in Seattle. Championship game in Seattle. The Billionaire Seahawks owner and Microsoft co-founder says cancer he was treated for in 2009 has returned. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file)
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011, file photo, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pauses at a news conference in Seattle. Allen made his largest-ever foray into congressional politics this year by donating $100,000 to a group seeking to keep Republicans in control of the U.S. House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen speaks during a news conference about his partnership in building a giant airplane and spaceship, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, in Seattle. Allen and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan announced they're building a giant airplane and spaceship to zip people and cargo into orbit, but unlike traditional rockets and government spaceships, the new commercial spaceship will drop from a high-flying airplane instead of blasting off from a launch pad. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Microsoft President Bill Gates (R) and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen (L) cheer from courtside in the final minutes as the Blazers play the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals May 26. Los Angeles came from behind to defeat his team 93-91. MB/SV
Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, center, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Minnesota Timberwolves in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, left, and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer enjoy a moment together prior to an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, left, and general manager Neil Olshey, right, talk during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. The Trail Blazers won the game 115-110. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen talks with Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge before the start of their NBA preseason basketball game against the Utah Jazz Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this photo taken Dec. 19, 2011, Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen looking on before the start the NBA preseason basketball game with the Utah Jazz, in Portland, Ore. Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, weighed in on his hopes for the season in a rare session with reporters before the preseason opener against the Utah Jazz. He said he was pleased with the new additions to the team. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 20: Owner of the Portland Trail Blazers Paul Allen looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on December 20, 2016 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 3: Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen talks with general manager Neil Olshey before the game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 11: Paul Allen the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on from his seat against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on March 11, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 05: Portland Trail Blazer owner and co-founder of Microsoft Corp., Paul Allen, left, and Microsoft Corp. chairman and co-founder, Bill Gates, right, watch the Trail Blazer game against the Seattle Supersonics Monday, January 5, 2004 at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Barry Sweet/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Microsoft co-founders and billionaires Bill Gates (2nd from R) and Paul Allen (2nd from L) watch the Portland Trail Blazers play the Seattle Supersonics in their NBA game at Key Arena in Seattle, January 5, 2004. Allen, who is the majority owner of the Blazers NBA franchise and Gates, who is the Microsoft chairman, both live in the Seattle area and occasionally attend Sonics games together. REUTERS/Anthony P. Bolante APB
Portland Trail Blazers president Bob Whitsitt, left, owner Paul Allen, center, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates enjoy the Trail Blazers' 103-93 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals in Portland, Ore. on Friday, June 2, 2000. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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King County sued and forced a temporary block of the move while seeking out potential new ownership. Allen, a Seattle native and already the owner of the Trail Blazers was the best and only option, according to Fox 13. He agreed to purchase the team for $200 million.

“Sports really brings a community together,” Allen wrote in his memoir of the purchase. “Given my long history with this community, I felt it would be a great thing to keep the team in Seattle.”

Allen sponsored a referendum to use public funds to partially finance a new stadium that narrowly passed in 1997, leading to the demolition of the Kingdome and construction of Century Link field, which opened in 2002.

The move marked a culture change for the team and the fanbase, and the wins followed shortly. The Seahawks went on to their first Super Bowl appearance after the 2005 season and won their first Super Bowl after the 2013 season anchored by the iconic Legion of Boom defense.

 

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