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Sports world memorializes the great Paul Allen following his passing

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The sports world and the entire global community lost a trailblazing figure on Monday following the passing of a larger than life figure in that of Paul Allen on Monday.

Allen passed away at the age of 65 from complications due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Allen’s family released a statement following his passing.

“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,” Allen’s sister, Jody, wrote. “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.”

The co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates back in 1975, Allen’s charitable efforts, philanthropy and keen sense of business defined a life that was lost too soon.

In the sports world, he was known for being the owner of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. As in his life outside of sports, Allen’s tenure was defined by moving the organization’s he led to a modern era.

Outside of the sports landscape, Allen has given north of $2 billion to help with the advancements of the sciences, technology and education. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has also given nearly $500 million to thousands of non-profits since its inception.

In addition to this, the late-great businessman launched the Allen Institute for Brain Science to help with the understanding of the human brain. It’s helped lead to breakthroughs in the neuroscience community.

It goes without saying that Mr. Allen will be missed. It’s also in this that the sports world paid tribute to a great man that left this life much too early.


“You look at things you enjoy in your life, but much more important is what you can do to make the world a better place.” We couldn’t have said it any better, Mr. Allen. You sure did make this world a better place.

May you rest in peace, good sir!