Tony Hsieh, former CEO of Zappos and “giant visionary” dies at 46


Fazio said 46-year-old Hsieh died from injuries in a home fire in Connecticut.

“Tony’s kindness and generosity has touched everyone’s lives around him and explored the world forever,” his family said in a statement Fazio shared with CNN.

His mantra: it brings happiness, says his family.

“Instead of mourning his transition, we ask you to join us in celebrating his life,” their statement added.

Hsieh was well known for leading Zappos online shoe and clothing retailer. He recently retired after spending 20 years with the company, Kedar Deshpande, CEO of Zappos, wrote in a statement on Friday.

“The world has lost a mighty seer and an incredible man,” Deshpande wrote. “We note that not only have we lost our former inspiring leader, but many of you have lost mentors and friends as well.”

Hsieh “also played a key role in remodeling downtown Las Vegas,” wrote Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak. Twitter.

“Kathy and I are sending our love and condolences to Tony’s family and friends during this difficult time,” he wrote.

Las Vegas MP Cedric Crear said he was “sad” to hear the news.

“Such a creative and innovative man who has positively helped change the landscape of downtown Las Vegas,” he said. On Twitter. “We’ve worked on some good projects for Downtown. God speed up our family, co-workers and our community.”

Before Saturday, there was more respect for Hsieh on social media – from many other business leaders and entrepreneurs.

“Tony Hsieh has always been generous with me” – Dan Price, Head of Gravity Payments, Seattle said. “He talked to me about everything and it was always a good time. RIP Tony.”
“He was truly an original thinker, a brilliant entrepreneur, and a kind-hearted and generous friend to many.” wrote Max Levchin, co-founder and former chief technology officer of PayPal.