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Retired Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh dies at 46

A lawyer for Hsieh informed information retailers Hsieh had been injured in a home fireplace. Hsieh had retired from Zappos this 12 months after 20 years main the corporate.

Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of Las Vegas-based on-line shoe retailer Zappos.com who spent years working to remodel the town’s downtown space, has died. He was 46.

Hsieh was with household when he died Friday, in response to an announcement from DTP Firms, which he based. Downtown Partnership spokesperson Megan Fazio mentioned Hsieh handed away in Connecticut, KLAS-TV reported. 

Puoy Premsrirut, a lawyer for Hsieh, informed information retailers that Hsieh had been injured in a home fireplace whereas visiting Connecticut. Further particulars weren’t instantly launched. An official reason for dying wasn’t introduced.

“Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everybody round him, and eternally brightened the world,” a DTP Firms assertion mentioned. “Delivering happiness was at all times his mantra, so as a substitute of mourning his transition, we ask you to hitch us in celebrating his life.”

Hsieh just lately retired from Zappos after 20 years main the corporate. The web shoe retailer shared a tribute on social media late Friday.

“The world has misplaced an amazing visionary and an unimaginable human being,” the assertion mentioned. “His spirit will eternally be part of Zappos.”

Hsieh was a Harvard College graduate who joined the corporate — then referred to as ShoeSite.com — in 1999. Zappos was offered to Amazon for $1.2 billion in 2009, however Hsieh had remained with the corporate till his retirement.

For years, he additionally labored to revitalize downtown Las Vegas, pledging $350 million in 2013 for redevelopment. The identical 12 months he moved Zappos’ headquarters into the previous Las Vegas Metropolis Corridor constructing. 

“Tony Hsieh performed a pivotal position in serving to remodel Downtown Las Vegas,” Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak tweeted Friday evening. “Kathy and I ship our love and condolences to Tony’s household and mates throughout this tough time.”

A wave of tributes poured out on social media as information of Hsieh’s dying unfold.

“Tony Hsieh is likely to be probably the most unique thinker I’ve ever been mates with,” former enterprise investor Chris Sacca tweeted. “He questioned each assumption and shared every little thing he discovered alongside the way in which. He genuinely delighted in making anybody and everybody joyful.”

Skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk added, “Tony Hsieh was a visionary. He was beneficiant along with his time and keen to share his invaluable experience with anybody.”

“A very unique thinker, a superb entrepreneur, and a kind-hearted and beneficiant buddy to so many,” tweeted entrepreneur Max Levchin.

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