Just two weeks after Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen revealed that his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has returned, the billionaire businessman has passed away at the age of 65. Paul’s sister, Jody Allen, released this statement on behalf of the Allen family on Monday.
“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.
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.”
If not for Paul Allen, the city of Seattle would almost certainly not have an NFL team right now. He purchased the Seahawks in 1996 for $200 million, saving the franchise from being moved to Southern California by Ken Behring. Less than ten years after Allen’s acquisition, the Seahawks became a regular playoff team, reaching the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history in 2005. Allen would hoist the team’s first Super Bowl trophy eight seasons later on February 2nd, 2014, and the Seahawks are undeniably in the midst of their greatest run ever.
Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982, successfully treating that with several months of radiation. His non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis occurred in 2009, again overcoming the disease. Unfortunately, his latest battle with cancer could not be overcome.
RIP Paul Allen: 1953-2018.