Son of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella passes away

Zain Nadella, son of Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya and his wife Anu, died Monday morning, Bloomberg reported. 26-year-old Zain was born with cerebral palsy.  

Microsoft informed its executive staff in an email and asked them to hold the family in their thoughts and prayers while giving them space to grieve privately. 

Nadella has steered Microsoft towards creating and designing products that can help users with disabilities. He often cited the lessons he learned while raising and supporting his son Zain. In a post from 2017 titled The moment that forever changed our lives, Nadella wrote, “As his parents, it was up to us not to question “why” but instead to do everything we could to improve his life.” 

He further wrote, “Becoming a father of a son with special needs was the turning point in my life that has shaped who I am today. It has helped me better understand the journey of people with disabilities. It has shaped my personal passion for and philosophy of connecting new ideas to empathy for others. And it is why I am deeply committed to pushing the bounds on what love and compassion combined with human ingenuity and passion to have an impact can accomplish with my colleagues at Microsoft.” 

Children’s Hospital, where Zain received most of his treatment, teamed up with the Nadellas to establish the Zain Nadella Endowed Chair in Paediatric Neurosciences as part of Seattle Children’s Center for Integrative Brain Research. 

CEO of Children’s Hospital Jeff Sperring wrote in a message to his board, “Zain will be remembered for his eclectic taste in music, his bright sunny smile, and the immense joy he brought to his family and all those who loved him.” 

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