On Monday afternoon, word broke that Paul Allen, one of the co-founders of Microsoft (alongside Bill Gates) had passed away at the age of 65 after a prolonged battle with cancer.
His death made waves in the rock and roll community, and with good reason: among other career achievements, Allen helped create the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle (where a memorial Chris Cornell statue was unveiled recently), was a practicing guitarist (releasing an album in 2013 with the help of Nancy and Ann Wilson, Ivan Neville, Chrissie Hynde and more), owned professional sports teams the Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC and much more.
Thank you, Paul. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SDj5Xp34jj
— Microsoft (@Microsoft) October 15, 2018
As news of his passing spread across the internet, musicians and industry icons shared their condolences to a man they considered a hero, peer, friend and difference maker.
RIP to my dear friend (& killer guitar player) Paul Allen. Your genius & generosity has & will forever be felt by mankind.
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) October 15, 2018
Our founder let us fly with super heroes. He showed us that we could create beautiful music of our own. He inspired us to look to the stars. Today we mourn the passing of @PaulGAllen pic.twitter.com/0hJ9ZlPBh2
— MoPOP Seattle (@MoPOPSeattle) October 16, 2018
RIP Paul Allen. Thank you for your immeasurable contributions to the community and beyond… Rock on. pic.twitter.com/0C33KqA47k
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) October 16, 2018
I am so sorry to hear this!!! Thank you Paul for your generosity towards myself and Darbury. Thank you for the wonderful monument of @MoPOPSeattle for Seattle Music. You built Seattle into a great city. Rest In Peace. https://t.co/s88R4Wo824
— Krist Novoselić (@KristNovoselic) October 15, 2018
RIP @PaulGAllen . All of Seattle feels for your family and loved ones. You were so damn good to our city, and a force in this life.
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) October 16, 2018
YES sends heartfelt sympathies to the family of our friend and Microsoft founder, Paul Allen, whose amazing studios hosted YES for recent studio albums. pic.twitter.com/Bv738zFzSm
— YESofficial (@yesofficial) October 16, 2018
damn…lost a friend we needed …Paul Allen …smart , decent man , ..good guitar player…funder of science …saver of elephants …A fine man
— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) October 16, 2018
May Paul Allen rest in peace.