Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, \u00a0space enthusiast, owner of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, Paul Allen, has died. He was 65.\nAllen\u2019s family issued a statement today through by Vulcan Inc., Allen\u2019s privately held company, \u00a0on behalf of the Allen Family, Vulcan and the Paul G. Allen network.\n\u201cIt is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our founder Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts. Mr. Allen died on Monday afternoon, October 15, 2018, from complications of non-Hodgkin\u2019s lymphoma in Seattle.\u201d\nAllen and Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1975 and the rest was computing history. Allen left Microsoft in 1982, when his cancer first developed and battled it again in 2009.\u00a0 It has been in remission until a few months ago when he stated that it had returned.\u00a0\nThe AP wrote that Bill Gates said he was heartbroken about the loss of one of his \u201coldest and dearest friends.\u00a0 Personal computing would not have existed without him,\u201d Gates said in a statement. \u201cBut Paul wasn\u2019t content with starting one company. He channeled his intellect and compassion into a second act focused on improving people\u2019s lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world. He was fond of saying, \u2018If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it,\u2019\u201d Gates wrote.\nSpeaking on behalf of Vulcan, the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers,\u00a0Stratolaunch\u00a0Systems, the Allen Institute and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf wrote: \u201cMillions of people were touched by his generosity, his persistence in pursuit of a better world, and his drive to accomplish as much as he could with the time and resources at his disposal.\u00a0 Paul\u2019s life was diverse and lived with gusto. It reflected his myriad interests in technology, music and the arts, biosciences and artificial intelligence, conservation and in the power of shared experience \u2013 in a stadium or a neighborhood \u2013 to transform individual lives and whole communities.\u201d\nAside from computing and sports he was part of the first private effort to successfully put a civilian in suborbital space.\u00a0 SpaceShipOne was launched in 2004 and won the Asari X Prize.\u00a0 Then in 2011 he was behind the launch of Stratolaunch Systems a space transportation venture.\u00a0\nHe also gave some $2 billion in supporting ocean health, battling homelessness and advancing scientific research. Allen ranked among the world's wealthiest individuals ranked at 44th on Forbes' 2018 list of billionaires with an estimated net worth of more than $20 billion.\nThe Los Angeles Times noted that not all his investments went well. Allen reportedly lost billions of dollars when Charter Communications went through a bankruptcy proceeding in 2009. Allen had seen the company as a future leader in providing high-capacity internet bandwidth.\nDespite his wealth, he retained the aura of the computer geek he had always been. He was a preternaturally reserved man who dressed modestly, appeared uneasy in public and closely guarded his privacy, the Times article stated.