The older Gates was an Army veteran and a founding partner of a Seattle law firm, according to his official biography.
Bill Gates said his father was instrumental in starting the nonprofit that Gates has focused on since he retired from Microsoft.
“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would not be what it is today without my father,” said Gates.
Bill Gates’ father was a co-chair of the foundation, which began in 2000.
The family declaration does not state the cause of death, but does say that William Gates II was in poor health.
“People used to ask my father if he was the real Bill Gates,”