Bill Gates’ father dies at age 94, suffering from Alzheimer’s

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Washington: Bill Gates Sr. (William H. Gates II), the father of Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates, died on Monday at the age of 94. A statement issued by the family said that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s and was ill for a long time. Bill Gates Sr. was a prominent lawyer and breathed his last breath at his beach house in the Wood Canal area of Seattle.

Bill Gate tweeted about his father’s death- ‘My father was the real Bill Gates. He was the person I always wanted to be like. I will miss him everyday now’.

According to a statement by the family, Alzheimer’s was the main cause of Bill Gates Sr.’s death. He stopped practicing in 1994 itself. It is believed that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation came into existence only after the father’s advice. Bill Gates in a conversation said, ‘While going to movie with his, he realized that he should do something for this world’.

Gates Foundation would not have happened without my father

Bill Gates said, ‘I have always been very busy running Microsoft and always used to give some funds for charity, it was my father who encouraged me for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’.

He further said that my father made this foundation happened and had worked hard for how it would work. He was always aware of human responsibilities towards society and wanted the same from me.

Bill’s Blog

Gate in his blog wrote about one of the fondest possessions that he received from his father. He wrote, ‘Dad wrote me a letter on my 50th birthday. It is one of my most prized possessions. In it, he encouraged me to stay curious. He said some very touching things about how much he loved being a father to my sisters and me. “Over time,” he wrote, “I have cautioned you and others about the overuse of the adjective ‘incredible’ to apply to facts that were short of meeting its high standard. This is a word with huge meaning to be used only in extraordinary settings. What I want to say, here, is simply that the experience of being your father has been… incredible.”

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