The Day – Tony Hsieh, Retired CEO of Zappos Dies After New London Home Fire


Las Vegas – The retired CEO of Las Vegas-based online shoe retailer Tapp Hsieh, who has been working for years to transform the city center, has died. He was 46 years old.

According to the DTP Company he founded, he was with Hsieh’s family when he died Friday. He died in an injury in a fire in New London on November 18, Megan Fazio, a spokesman for the Downtown Partnership, told Hearst Connecticut Media on Saturday.

The sun reported on the day of the fire that a man had been removed from his waterfront home, 500 Pequot Ave., for possible burns and inhalation of smoke. The person, whose name was not released by the authorities, was eventually taken to Bridgeport Hospital, which has a burn center.

Fire commander Thomas Curcio told The Day at the time that the crew arrived at about half past three after it was announced that someone had been trapped in a part of the house that firefighters had to force in, remove the victim, perform CPR and they took it. a hospital.

Curcio said Saturday he could not confirm that Hsieh was the victim of the 500 Pequot Ave. fire, but believes the fire on November 18 in New London was the only serious injury.

The fire is being investigated by the Marshal’s Fire Department and the new London Police, Curcio said. Fire Marshal Vernon Skau addressed questions to Curcio on Saturday.

The fire chief also said that since it was still an active investigation, he could not state the cause of the fire, whether he was suspicious or not, that anyone else was at home at the time of the fire. The Connecticut Chief Medical Officer did not respond to Saturday’s messages and asked for information about the time and cause of Hsieh’s death.

The five-bed, four-bath house was purchased by Rachael Brown in August. A woman with that name was hired as an employee on a zappos.com site called “Meet the Women Who Changed the History of Zappos” last year.

Hsieh recently retired from Zappos after running the company for 20 years. The online shoe retailer shared a tribute late on Friday on social media. “The world has lost a huge seer and an incredible man,” he said. “His spirit will be a part of Zappos forever.”

Hsieh graduated from Harvard University and joined the firm in 1999 – then as ShoeSite.com. Zappos was sold to Amazon for $ 1.2 billion in 2009, but remained with the company until Hsieh retired.

“Tony’s kindness and generosity has touched everyone’s lives around him and explored the world forever,” the DTP company said in a statement. “Giving happiness has always been his mantra, so instead of mourning the transition, we ask you to join us in celebrating your life.”

Hsieh also worked for years to revitalize downtown Las Vegas, committing $ 350 million in 2013 to rebuild. That same year, he relocated Zappos headquarters to the former Las Vegas City Hall.

“Tony Hsieh was instrumental in transforming downtown Las Vegas,” Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak tweeted Friday night. “Kathy and I are sending our love and condolences to Tony’s family and friends during this difficult time.

A lot of respect flooded the social media.

“His curiosity, vision and relentless attention to customers leave an indelible mark,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and President said on Instagram. “I will miss a lot, Tony.” Rest in peace.”

“Tony Hsieh may be the most original thinker I’ve ever been friends with,” tweeted Chris Sacca, a former investor. “He questioned every assumption and shared everything he learned along the way. He was sincerely glad he made anyone and everyone happy. “

Skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk added, “Tony Hsieh was a visionary. He was generous with his time and willing to share his invaluable experience with anyone. “

“He’s a truly original thinker, a brilliant entrepreneur, and a kind-hearted and generous friend to many,” entrepreneur Max Levchin tweeted.

Ali Partovi, CEO of Neo Venture Capital Fund, was a partner in one of Hsieh’s earliest businesses, the online advertising company LinkExchange. In Saturday’s tweet, Partovi said Hsieh is one of the most creative people he has ever known.

“I will remember the unique combination of genius and mischief and his outrageous ability to bet and win with every bet,” Partovi said.

Daytime writer Erica Moser contributed to the report.