Microsoft Corporation said Zain Nadella, son of CEO Satya Nadella and his wife Anu Nadella, died, Bloomberg reported. Zain – 26 years old – born with cerebral palsy.
The company told its executive staff in an email that Zain had passed away. The message asked executives to hold the family in their thoughts and prayers while giving them space to grieve privately. “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 Microsoft Board, which was shared with Microsoft executives.
Satya Nadella talked about the birth of his son in a blog post in 2017. He mentioned that Zain was born at 11:29 p.m. on August 13, 1996, all of three pounds and he did not cry.
“One night, during the thirty-sixth week of her pregnancy, Anu noticed that the baby was not moving as much as she was accustomed to. So we went to the emergency room of a local hospital in Bellevue,” Nadella wrote in the post.
“We thought it would be just a routine checkup, little more than new parent anxiety. In fact, I distinctly remember feeling annoyed by the wait times we experienced in the emergency room. But upon examination, the doctors were alarmed enough to order an emergency cesarean section,” he added.
Since taking on the role of Microsoft CEO in 2014, Nadella has focused the company on designing products to better serve users with disabilities and cited lessons he learned raising and supporting Zain.
Last year, the Children’s Hospital, where Zain received much of his treatment, joined with the Nadellas to establish the Zain Nadella Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosciences, as part of Seattle Children’s Center for Integrative Brain Research.