Microsoft announced that “Zain Nadella,” the son of CEO Satya Nadella and his wife Anu, died early Monday morning. He was 26 years old and had cerebral palsy from birth.
In an email, the software company informed its top personnel that Zain had died. Executives were requested to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers while providing them space to grieve privately, according to the statement.
Nadella has focused the company on building products to better serve users with disabilities since taking over as CEO in 2014, highlighting lessons he learned while raising and supporting Zain. Last year, the Seattle Children’s Hospital partnered with the Nadellas to create the Zain Nadella Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosciences, which is part of 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,” Jeff Sperring, CEO of Children’s Hospital, wrote in a message to his Board, which was shared with Microsoft executives.