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Philanthropist and Former Microsoft Executive Believed Dead in Connecticut Plane Crash

Bill Henningsgaard, a former Microsoft executive, was killed Friday when a plane he and his son were piloting crashed into a Connecticut home, according to reports and a statement from a Seattle-area venture where he had been a board member.


Although the government had yet to issue formal confirmation, Henningsgaard’s brother told CNN that the family had no reason to believe it wasn’t Bill Henningsgaard and his son, Maxwell, on their plane.

Henningsgaard had been involved with starting and leading a number of philanthropic efforts and served on the board of Social Venture Partners, which also confirmed his death.

“Many of you know firsthand how the extraordinary and visionary leadership of Bill Henningsgaard was visible all over this community,” the Seattle-based venture said in a tribute posted on its website. “He worked tirelessly to build partnerships and facilitate efforts that put us on the path of engaging the community to actively support every child, step by step, from cradle to career. Bill walked the talk to make our community stronger. … One of the true losses is how much more he had to give, but his legacy is one of authentic, caring commitment to this world.”

A Microsoft representative said the company didn’t have any immediate comment.

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