Bill Gates Sr, the father of Microsoft’s co-founder, who stepped in when appeals for charity began to overwhelm his billionaire son and started what became the

Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates' father dies of Alzheimer’s disease, aged 94

world’s largest philanthropy, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, died on

Monday at his beach home on Hood Canal, in the Seattle area, aged 94.

The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, his family said in an announcement on

Tuesday, according to New York post.

Bill Gates also announced the sad news on his official social media platforms by penning an emotional tribute to his late father.

Sharing a picture of his father, he wrote:

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My father’s death is a tremendous loss for our family and the many people whose lives he touched. Dad lived a long and enormously meaningful life. I never stopped learning from his wisdom, kindness, and humility. Melinda and I owe him a special debt because his commitment to serving the community and the world helped inspire our own philanthropy. Although he would be the last person to say it, my father’s compassion and generosity will live on in the foundation he helped build. As I’ve said many times before, my dad was the real Bill Gates. He was all the things I strive to be.

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