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.