On October 15, 2018, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away due to complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He revealed earlier in October that he started treatment for the cancer, which he had also battled back in 2009. His sister, Jody, released an official statementregarding her brother's passing:
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.