Seahawks Owner Paul Allen Dies
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:
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of @PaulGAllen, our founder and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts. All of us who worked with Paul feel an inexpressible loss today. https://t.co/OMLZ7ivvSD pic.twitter.com/Bfa8kK6Q8e
— Vulcan Inc. (@VulcanInc) October 15, 2018
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:
So sad to hear about the passing of @Seahawks owner Paul Allen. In my 4 years in Sea he treated me, my teammates & the coaches w/great honor & respect. The Hawks treat their players as well or better than any organization because of him. My prayers go out to his family.
— Trent Dilfer (@DilfersDimes) October 15, 2018
Big dog rest easy as you go home @PaulGAllen prayers for your family🙏🏾
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) October 15, 2018
Rest In Peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/QR5g25PdYD
— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) October 15, 2018
My prayers and thoughts are with the family of Mr. Allen @PaulGAllen
— Cliff Avril (@cliffavril) October 15, 2018
Rip @PaulGAllen . Your legacy will live forever. Thank you for all you have done!
— Jermaine Kearse (@JKearse_15) October 16, 2018
Sadden to hear the news about Mr. Paul Allen. He was a great person and will be missed!
— Dion Bailey (@dbailey_18) October 15, 2018