Zain Nadella dead at 26 – Microsoft CEO Satya's son dies after being born with cerebral palsy as tech giant pays tribute

THE son of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has died after battling cerebral palsy, according to reports.

The tech giant confirmed Zain Nadella, 26, had passed away in an email sent to employees on March 1.

The 26-year-old was the eldest of three kids born to Satya and his wife Anu.

He weighed just three pounds and was born with cerebral palsy.

Zain required life-saving treatment just months after his birth.

Satya, 54, took over as Microsoft Corp CEO in 2014 and focused on designing products to help disabled users.

He admitted that Zain's challenges when growing up had a "profound impact" on him.

Zain received a lot of his treatment at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital.

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The Nadellas committed $15million to the hospital to help support precision medicine neurosciences, mental and behavioral healthcare, and help provide equitable access to care.

Jeff Sperring, CEO of the Children’s Hospital, paid tribute to the 26-year-old as news of his death emerged.

He said: “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.”

Microsoft told executives to "hold the family in their thoughts and prayers".

Meanwhile, Satya hasn't yet commented on the news.

He succeeded Steve Ballmer as CEO in 2014 and John Thompson in 2021 as executive chairman.

Satya was formerly the executive vice president of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group.

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