Andrew Grove, Former Intel Chairman and CEO, Dies at 79

Engineer and businessman revered in Silicon Valley had Parkinson’s disease

Andrew Grove, former chairman and CEO of Intel, one of the company’s founders and a principal early visionary in one of the world’s most influential technology companies, died on Monday, Intel said in a statement. He was 79.

Grove, known for decades as Andy by colleagues and admirers alike, died at his home in Los Altos, California. The cause of his death was not disclosed, said Chuck Mulloy, a Grove family spokesman, according to the New York Times.

Grove had been previously diagnosed with and treated for prostate cancer. In a statement announcing his death, Intel said Grove suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Intel Chairman and CEO Andy Grove,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. “Andy made the impossible happen, time and again, and inspired generations of technologists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.”

One of technology’s true pioneers and a personality both generous and professionally ruthless, Grove was revered in Silicon Valley. It was there where Grove helped navigate Intel from an unknown maker of memory chips into a world-class brand whose microprocessors are everywhere in devices of every kind.

He is survived by his wife, Eva. They were married for 58 years and had two daughters and eight grandchildren, according to Intel.