Cerner CEO Neal Patterson dies from cancer at age 67

Neal Patterson | Courtesy of Oklahoma State University

Neal Patterson, co-founder and CEO of Cerner Corp. and a principal owner of Sporting Kansas City, died Sunday at age 67, according to a statement from Cerner.

Cerner’s statement said that Patterson died of unexpected complications from a soft-tissue cancer for which he had been treated previously.

News of Patterson’s death prompted statements of grief and respect from various corners of the Kansas City area: from the city halls of Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan., from the Kansas City Royals, the American Royal, and from Sporting Kansas City fans.

Patterson had made a difference to them all.

On Sunday, Cerner named the company’s vice chairman and co-founder Cliff Illig as chairman and interim CEO.

Read more: Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal

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