Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's son Zain has died at age 26

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What you need to know

  • Zain Nadella, the son of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, has died at age 26.
  • Microsoft sent out a message to its executives informing them of the news.
  • The message asked executives to keep the Nadella family in their thoughts and prayers and to give the family space to grieve privately.

Zain Nadella, the son of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, has died at the age of 26. Microsoft recently shared the news in a message to Microsoft executives, according to Bloomberg. Zain died on Monday morning, February 28, 2022.

Zain, who was born with cerebral palsy, received treatment at the Seattle Children's Hospital in his lifetime. Satya Nadella and his wife Anu established the Zain Nadella Endowed Chair in Pediatrics Neurosciences at the Seattle Children's Center for Integrative Brain Research.

"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," said CEO of Children's Hospital Jeff Sperring. His comments were shared with his board and, in turn, passed on to Microsoft executives.

Microsoft's message to its executives asked to hold the Nadella family in thoughts and prayers while also giving the family room to grieve privately.

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  • Terrible, and sad for the family. No parent should have to bury their child.
  • May his soul rest in peace.
  • This is truly a tragedy, a great loss. There's no words that can express the pain of losing a son. My condolences to rhe Nadella family.
  • Sorry for your loss.
  • I didn't even know he had a kid with special needs. RIP. Sending prayer their way.
  • Damn that's tragic
  • Very sad to hear this. Sounds like he was a great person.
  • May the Nadella family find comfort during this difficult time. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to lose a precious child. 🙏🏻😢
  • When life is cut short and one's child passes before the father or mother. It is a cry out in the darkness for the parents. Hats off and a prayer for their sorrowful moment in life that will making a lasting impact on their future decisions. Do to this young man's life, Microsoft has strived to change the lives of others with disabilities, from the touch and motion controls with the Xbox controllers to the speech recognition and dictation software built into One Note. I can only imagine the impact that he has made in the Companies atmosphere and will dictate moving forward how they better others.
  • "Do to this young man's life, Microsoft has strived to change the lives of others with disabilities" You're right, Zain must have been part of the inspiration for the push for accessibility in Microsoft products. That's quite a legacy if so. It seems like few take this stuff more seriously than MS.
  • Agreed, and something I've noticed a lot more in recent years is games pushing for significantly more accessibility features which I wouldn't be surprised if the focus from Microsoft helped pave the way for that.