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Bill Gates Sr., father of Microsoft co-founder, dies at 94

Bill Gates Sr., father of Microsoft co-founder, dies at 94
Posted at 8:45 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 20:45:19-04

SEATTLE (AP) — William H. Gates II, a lawyer, and philanthropist best known as the father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has died at 94.

The family announced Tuesday that Gates died peacefully Monday at his beach home in Washington state from Alzheimer's disease.

In a statement, the family credited the patriarch with a "deep commitment to social and economic equity," noting that he was responsible for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's first efforts to improve global health.

Bill Gates Jr. wrote on his blog that his dad's "wisdom, generosity, empathy, and humility had a huge influence on people around the world."