Billionaire Paul Allen passed away on Monday at the age of 65. While the statement on his website from his family revealed the Portland Trailblazers and Seattle Seahawks owner died from "complications related to non-Hodgkins lymphoma," his exact cause of death had yet to be revealed.
"It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our founder Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts," the official statement read.
According to the Microsoft co-founder's death certificate, obtained by TMZ, he passed away at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle at 12:35 p.m. The certificate lists his cause of death as septic shock and immunosuppression. Both complications of his cancer. His certificate also revealed he preferred burial over cremation.
It was just three weeks ago that Allen announced his cancer had returned after being in remission for just shy of a decade. "My doctors are optimistic," the billionaire penned in his announcement on Twitter.
What is Septic Shock?
Septic shock is one of the three states of sepsis, according to Healthline. Sepsis is the result of an aggressive and untreated infection that can be life-threatening. When a person goes into septic shock, their blood pressure drops. This, in turn, can cause a stroke as well as the failure of different organs including the heart.
In the United States, septic shock is one of the more common causes of death in intensive care units.