Seahawks Owner Paul Allen Dies

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Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen died Monday at the age of 65 due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The news shocked not only the Seahawks, but also the Portland Trail Blazers, another Pacific Northwest team he owned.

Vulcan Inc., Allen’s company and headquarters, posted a statement on his passing today:

Allen’s sister, Jody Allen, issued a statement on her brother’s passing:

“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul 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.”

Allen’s death comes exactly two weeks after he publicly announced that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for the third time in his life. Allen had also been diagnosed with the cancer in both 1982 and 2009, but successfully battled it both times.

Bill Gates, the other co-founder of Microsoft, noted how Allen went on to become a major investor and philanthropist.

“Paul wasn’t content with starting one company. He channeled his intellect and compassion into a second act focused on improving people’s lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world,” said Gates. “He was fond of saying, ‘If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.’ That’s the kind of person he was. I will miss him tremendously.”

The Microsoft co-founder purchased the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team in 1988, and later purchased the Seahawks in 1997 when former owner Ken Behring threatened to move the team to Southern California. Allen was also a co-owner of the of the Seattle Sounders FC, a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise.

He was also the founder of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Allen Institute for Cell Science, and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, along with many other ventures.

A number of Seahawks Legends posted their thoughts on the passing of Allen: