The Cerner Corporation announced Sunday that CEO and co-founder Neal Patterson has died. He was 67.
In a statement, Cerner said Patterson died from “unexpected complications that arose after a recent recurrence of a previously disclosed cancer.”
Cerner vice chairman and co-founder Cliff Illig will take over as interim CEO.
“This is a profound loss. Neal and I have been partners and collaborators for nearly 40 years, and friends for longer than that,” Illig said.
The company, headquartered in North Kansas City, employs 25,000 people worldwide.