Zain Nadella, the son of Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, died at age 26, according to media reports citing a mail sent by the company to its executives. He was born with cerebral palsy in August 1996.

The mail sent to company officials reportedly requested privacy for the family and to hold the family in their thoughts. 

Satya Nadella, in 2017, wrote about his son’s birth, which started off a routine check-up and ended up being an “emergency cesarean section” birth.

“Over the course of the next couple of years we learned more about the damage caused by in utero asphyxiation, and how Zain would require a wheelchair and be reliant on us because of severe cerebral palsy. I was devastated. But mostly I was sad for how things turned out for me and Anu”, Satya Nadella wrote in the post, according to reports from Money Control.

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Jeff Sperring, who is the CEO of Children’s Hospital, remembered Zain in a message. He wrote, “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”, according to reports from Bloomberg. Zain had received most of his treatment from Children’s Hospital.

Satya Nadella, in partnership with Children’s Hospital, had initiated the Zain Nadella Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosciences, according to reports from Bloomberg.

The Microsoft CEO had also integrated his lessons into the software company’s work after taking control in 2014. He reportedly diverted focus to creating products that were suitable for people with disabilities.