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Paul Allen Dies; Microsoft Co-Founder Was 65

Paul Allen, the multi-billionaire who co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in 1975, died on Monday afternoon at his home in Seattle.

He was 65 years old.

Allen, who was worth around $ 20 billion around the time of his passing, lost his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a disease he announced had returned two weeks ago.

“Some personal news: Recently, I learned the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma I battled in 2009 has returned,” Allen Tweeted on October 1, addingat the time:

“I’ve begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result. Appreciate the support I’ve received & count on it as I fight this challenge.”

The wildly successful businessman’s Vulcan Inc. confirmed the sad news today, writing on Twitter:

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of @PaulGAllen, our founder and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts.

All of us who worked with Paul feel an inexpressible loss today.

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Allen’s sister, Jody, also released a statement.

She said Paul was “a remarkable individual on every level,” adding in full:

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.

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Allen and Gates were both college dropouts.

They came up with the idea for Microsoft in Albuquerque, designing software together for the nascient personal computer revolution.

Microsoft moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1979.

He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1983 and resigned shortly thereafter, but still was an active member of the board until the year 2000.

Allen was also a prominent figure in the professional sports world.

He had owned the Seattle Seahawks since 1997 and the Portland Trail Blazers since 1988. He was also the co-owner of the MLS’ Seattle Sounders FC.

Over the years, Allen donated over $ 2 billion to charity.

He was never married and left behind no children.

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Said Vulcan CEO, Bill Hilf, of Allen:

“All of us who had the honor of working with Paul feel inexpressible loss today.

“He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact.

“Today we mourn our boss, mentor and friend whose 65 years were too short – and acknowledge the honor it has been to work alongside someone whose life transformed the world.”

May Paul Allen rest in peace.

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Scott Wilson Dies; The Walking Dead Star Was 76

Scott Wilson, a veteran actor of the small screen and big screen, has passed away from complications related to Leukemia.

He was 76 years old.

Wilson had an extensive resume to his name at the time of his death, one that included well over 50 movie credits.

But he’s likely best known at this point for his long-running role on The Walking Dead of Hershel Greene.

In both the comic books on which the AMC drama is based, along with television series itself, Hershel was introduced by saving the life of Carl Grimes, the son of Rick Grimes, after the boy is shot by one of Hershel’s neighbors.

During his stint on the program, Greene served as the moral center of his group of survivors.

Wilson appeared on 37 episodes of The Walking Dead, debuting in 2011 and leaving in 2014.

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Scott’s rep, Dominic Mancini, spoke to TMZ and confirmed the cause of death fo the celebrity gossip website

He added that Wilson was “a national treasure, a calm voice, and a gentle spirit to everyone who came in contact with him.”

He reportedly passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles.

At The Walking Dead’s panel at New York Comic-Con just this week, showrunner Angela Kang said that Scott (along with former stars Sonequa Martin-Green and Jon Bernthal) would be returning for the upcoming ninth season.

It premieres this Sunday, October 7.

(This announcement took fans by surprise, considering Hershel was decapitated in the season four episode Too Far Gone, only to have his head turned into a zombie and then killed again in the later episode After.)

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While most modern TV fans know Wilson well from this role, he arrived to The Walking Dead after many decades in the entertainment industry.

Wilson’s career got underway in 1967 when he landed a role in the classic film, “In the Heat of the Night.”

He went on to appear in a multitude of other iconic movies, such as “In Cold Blood,” “The Great Gatsby” and “Dead Man Walking.”

Scott earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for playing Captain Billy Cupshaw in the 1980 film, “The Ninth Configuration.”

His other recent television roles include Hostiles, The OA, Damien and Bosch.

Tweeted Titus Welliver, the lead actor in the final show listed above, upon learning of Wilson’s passing:

Scott Wilson has departed. I am heartbroken. We are fewer. Go easy into the light brother.

Wilson’s survivors include his wife, Heavenly, an artist and attorney.

No memorial plans have been announced.

May the beloved actor rest in peace.

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Al Matthews Dies: Actor Famous for “Aliens” Role Was 75

Actor Al Matthews, best known for his memorable role in the film Aliens, has died.

The iconic actor had retired to Spain, which is where he passed away.

He was 75.

75-year-old Al Matthews passed away at his home, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Matthews’ home was located in Orihuela Costa, in the Spanish Mediterranean province of Alicante.

He had retired to Spain in 2005.

Responders found Matthews when a neighbor called emergency services.

An autopsy is expected for the late actor.

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Matthews is, of course, best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Apone in James Cameron’s 1986 classic, Aliens.

In the science fiction film, he starred alongside living legend Sigourney Weaver.

He delivered a truly famous line.

“Alright sweethearts, what are you waiting for, breakfast in bed? A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm,” he said on screen.

The quote continues: “Every meal’s a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I love the corps!”

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That may have been Matthews’ most famous role, but was far from the only one. In fact, he appeared in over 30 films.

Matthews portrayed a fire chief in Superman III.

He played General Tudor in the cult classic The Fifth Element.

He also enjoyed success in the United Kingdom, where he had a role on the UK series, Grange Hill.

And speaking of his work across the pond, in 1975, his song, “Fool,” reached #16 on the UK Singles chart.

Despite his retirement, Matthews reprised his legendary role as Sgt. Apone in the 2013 video game, Aliens: Colonial Marines.

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Perhaps part of what made Matthews’ role in Aliens so iconic and powerful — aside from his acting skills — was that he had been a real life marine in Vietnam.

“I spent six years in the United States Marine Corps;” Matthews shared on his personal website. “I hold thirteen combat awards and decorations, including two purple hearts.”

He reveals: “I was the first black Marine in the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam to be meritoriously promoted to the rank of sergeant.”

That is one hell of an achievement.

His website blurb concludes: “I served with Kilo Battery, Fourth Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, of that I am very proud.”

Rest in peace, Al Matthews.

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Mac Miller Dies; Rapper and Ex-Boyfriend of Ariana Grande Was 26

Shocking news out of the music world today, as TMZ reported moments ago that Mac Miller has passed away

The widely-acclaimed hip hop artist, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, was just 26 years old.

Though details about Miller’s passing are scarce at the moment, TMZ is reporting that the cause of death appears to be a drug overdose.

Miller’s body was found at his home in San Fernando Valley after authorities were contacted by a friend of the rapper’s.

He was reportedly pronounced dead on the scene.

Though a respected figure on the hip hop scene since the release of his 2011 mixtape “Best Day Ever” and 2012 debut album, Blue Slide Park, Miller is perhaps best known for his romantic relationship with singer Ariana Grande.

Miller and Grande began dating in 2016.

The relationship was often described as a whirlwind romance, and the engagement rumors that circulated on multiple occasions were tellingly never denied by either party.

Miller dedicated his 2016 album The Divine Feminine to his then-girlfriend and stated in the press that Grande taught him to reflect on the important role that women had played in his life and development.

Sadly, in May of 2018, Grande and Miller broke up.

According to Grande, his substance abuse played a role in her decision to end the relationship.

Shortly after the split, Miller was arrested for a DUI hit and run after he crashed his G-Wagon and fled the scene on foot.

He was later apprehended at his home and blew twice the legal limit on a breathalyzer test.

When fans blamed Grande for the Miller’s downward spiral, she pushed back on social media.

“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be,” she tweeted.

“I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years.”

Grande added:

“Of course I didn’t share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was.”

According to TMZ, in the months following the breakup and Grande’s subsequent engagement to Pete Davidson, friends were instructed not to mention the situation in Miller’s presence.

Miller seems to have struggled with substance abuse his entire life, to the point that premature death was a subject that was often on his mind and one that he addressed frequently in his music.

He delved into great detail about his addiction to promethazine and codeine (a combination known as “purple drank”) on his 2014 album Faces.

Addressing his substance abuse issues in a 2012 interview, Miller had this to say:

“I’d rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess who can’t even get out of his house.

“Overdosing is just not cool. You don’t go down in history because you overdose. You just die.”

A profile of Miller was published by Vulture on Thursday and contained this tragically illuminating quote about the rapper’s mindset in his final days:

“A lot of times in my life I’ve put this pressure to hold myself to the standard of whatever I thought I was supposed to be, or how I was supposed to be perceived.”

He added:

“And it creates pressure.”

Mac Miller was scheduled to begin a nationwide tour next month.

His final Instagram post features a portion of his song “So It Goes,” which features the lyrics:

“Nine lives, never, die, f-ck a heaven, I’m still gettin’ high.”

Our thoughts go out to Miller’s loved ones during this difficult time.

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