Paul Allen, Seahawks owner and Microsoft co-founder, dies at 65

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Paul Allen, the owner of the Seattle Seahawks who became one of the richest people in the world after co-founding Microsoft, has died at the age of 65.

Allen revealed two weeks ago that he was battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma, although he released a statement that sounded optimistic and said he would fight the disease aggressively.

After buying the Seahawks in 1996, Allen earned a reputation as an owner who was willing to spend whatever it took to give his team the best chance to win, but who was also hands-off enough that he allowed the coaches and personnel executives to determine the best course for the team. The results spoke for themselves, as the Seahawks built a competitive roster and won Super Bowl XLVIII.

Allen’s sister, Jody Allen, released a statement on behalf of the family.

“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level,” she said. “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.”

Allen never married and had no children. It is unknown who will inherit the Seahawks.

68 responses to “Paul Allen, Seahawks owner and Microsoft co-founder, dies at 65

  1. Dang, what a sad day. This guy seems like he was the epitome of good owner. Shocking news. Prayers for his family, friends and Seahawks fans.

  2. This is sad. I lived in the PNW at the time and, even though I was not a Seahawks fan, I was so glad that he bought the team and kept them there. 65 is too young. Cancer is a horrible disease and this is further proof that it does not discriminate – young, old, rich, poor. RIP Mr. Allen.

  3. Twenty-one years ago he saved pro football in Seattle. He was the epitome of “good ownership.” R.I.P. Paul Allen, and thank you.

  4. I was here when Ken Behring was loading up the Seahawks moving vans (literally) to move to California. Paul Allen intervened and saved our Seahawks. Thank you forever, Paul. RIP

  5. His survivors may want to sell the football team. Who knows.

    RIP Paul Allen, and RIP Seattle’s chance of winning another Super Bowl any time soon.

  6. RIP. Seahawks and Blazers fans have to be concerned, but Mr. Allen was probably smart enough to ensure a smooth transition and have the franchises run like they have been. Similar to Pat Bowlen when he stepped down due to progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

  7. What a philanthropist he was, vaxxing the third world with his buddy Bill Gates.

    I know his globalist buddies are sad he didn’t live to see the fruits of their labor, solving over-population and merging with Artificial intelligence to rule over the few hundred thousand serfs they decide to let live to serve them for eternity.

  8. The best owner in the NFL and an honorable, giving man. RIP Paul Allen! There will never be another like you.

  9. No matter how you describe us Seahawks fans, you can’t say anything negative about Mr. Allen. RIP sir. You will be missed. He truly loved sports. Brings humanity together. In the end, it’s all for fun. Let’s go hawks!

  10. Thanks for the memories Mr. Allen. RIP. Growing up in Portland, the Seahawks and Trailblazers were my only love in sports. Paul Allen has done a lot for not just the PNW community, but the world as well. From his technological savvy to his charitable donation, the world is a better place for having him in it. He will be missed.

  11. RIP Mr. Allen. You will be greatly missed by not only fans, but our community. You saved football for the Pacific Northwest. You brought us a championship. And you never asked for anything in return. Always humble, you will always carry a special place in the hearts of everyone you touched.

  12. Everything I’ve read about him indicts he did a lot of great things with his wealth. He was also clearly well respected by the fan base of the teams he owned.

  13. Did not know much about Mr. Allen beyond the fact that he owned the Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trailblazers and was a co-founder of Microsoft. Just looked him up and wow, what a philanthropist this guy was and how much he clearly cared for the great city of Seattle and great region of the Pacific Northwest. Donated Billions (with a b) to a variety of area including education, the arts and the environment. We need more wealthy people like him helping to boost the communities in which they live.

  14. I was shocked to see this. That really sucks. Paul did so much for this community and, more broadly, for the world. He kept the Seahawks in Seattle, and I am grateful for this, but he did so much more that it almost seems trivial to talk about Seahawks-related stuff. Sad. Rest in Peace, Paul Allen.

  15. RIP, Mr. Allen. As a Seahawks fan I am eternally grateful for your gift of saving my team.
    Well, my team if you willed it to me that is. Sad day.

  16. There are owners like Allen that are true gentleman and good for the growth of the sport. Allen was a popular person in the Pacific Northwest who made everything around him better
    because he truly cared.

    Contrast to an owner like Stan Kroenke who cares only about himself, money, and greed.

  17. For some reason now I have this song in my head by Billy Joel that I can’t get rid of, Only the good die young!

    Condolences to you Jody, as well as all you people that are hit by this sudden loss!

  18. As a Seahawks fan I am really bummed right now. I feel as though I’ve lost a favorite uncle.

    In the bigger picture the world has lost a great man who was doing a lot with his wealth to improve the world.

    A sad day indeed. Cancer is the enemy.

  19. omeimontis says:
    October 15, 2018 at 6:36 pm
    His survivors may want to sell the football team. Who knows.

    RIP Paul Allen, and RIP Seattle’s chance of winning another Super Bowl any time soon.
    Sooner than the 49ers will that’s for sure.

  20. He doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy that’s going to leave those teams to his family (remember, no children). I wouldn’t be surprised if his dying wishes are to sell the teams and donate most of it to charity.

  21. This guy did what we would all want to do – get a bunch of money early in life and then go buy a pro football team, and a pro basketball team and a pro soccer team, and maybe a cable network, some real estate, some space stuff, throw in a film studio and then get a whole bunch of rock n roll memorabilia. He did it!

  22. omeimontis says:
    October 15, 2018 at 6:36 pm
    His survivors may want to sell the football team. Who knows.

    RIP Paul Allen, and RIP Seattle’s chance of winning another Super Bowl any time soon.
    We all love our teams, and want a shot at the Super Bowl. That being said …

    There’s a lot of posters on here that don’t like the Seahawks, and it’s cool, I get it. However, they’ve left kind messages. Yet, YOU still have to be THAT same old, hateful person with subjects like this. Only because it’s Seattle related.

    If you’re truly like this outside of an anonymous blog site, that’s on you!

    Rip Mr. Allen. You’ve touched the Seattle community, and the state of Washington, the Portland community, and the the state of Oregon, in many great and special ways!

  23. How can people be so nasty on here? It’s shocking that when someone dies they can be so unkind.
    RIP sir🏈🙏🏈

  24. He worked toward what’s best for everyone as opposed to strictly what’s best for himself. To become a billionaire with those kind of scruples is very rare, and to continue it after becoming a billionaire is even more rare. RIP to Paul Allen, a true humanitarian. Empowered to serve himself ad infinitum, he instead served others.

  25. Condolences to the friends & family of the great Paul Allen! Thank you for Microsoft and thank you for keeping football in the Pacific Northwest.

  26. Very sad never married or had no kids. I guess $$ was the only thing that mattered now lawyers will get a big chunk. Too bad he doesn’t leave it to help our debt

  27. Are you people kidding me? Great owner? Owning sports teams was a hobby to this great man. Toys. He was one of a handful of visionaries that literally changed the world. Stunned at the ignorance.

  28. This is how we know Paul Allen was a great man….. the people of Seattle did not deserve a football team, but in an act of tremendous benevolence, he bestowed upon those worthless souls not only a team but a *gulp* super bowl championship.

    R.I.P. Mr Allen

  29. “Too bad he doesn’t leave it to help our debt”.

    Really? Who’s debt are you talking, yours? Help your own debt. The country’s? Give all of your assets to the nation, then get back to us.

  30. Well. This pretty much ends the conspiracy theory that someone’s sitting on a cure for cancer. If anyone was affording it, it was Allen.

  31. He imploded The Wart, and replaced it with a beautiful stadium. But he also did so much more for Seattle, for science, and for the world.

    And he never chased a hot mic like some NFL owners do…

  32. For real, tough loss. Reading the headline physically hurt me.

    However in the aftermath, we may discover his greatest gift to us all: a zany, Brewster’s Millions -type situation in regards to who ends up with the ‘Blazers and ‘Hawks

  33. Sad news. I turn 66 & 2 months (full retirement) in April 2021 but after reading this I may not wait until 65. Great guy but all those billions can’t but you another day. More time will get you through no money better than money will get you through no more time.

  34. cardinealsfan20 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 11:01 pm
    “Too bad he doesn’t leave it to help our debt”.

    Really? Who’s debt are you talking, yours? Help your own debt. The country’s? Give all of your assets to the nation, then get back to us.


    This is the best post you have ever made.


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