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.
He was with Hsieh’s family when he died Friday, according to a statement from the DTP Companies he founded. Megan Fazio, a spokeswoman for the downtown partnership, said Hsieh died in Connecticut, KLAS-TV reported.
Puoy Premsrirut, Hsieh’s lawyer, told news television that Hsieh was injured in a house fire while visiting Connecticut. Further details were not disclosed immediately. No official deaths have been reported.
“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 recently retired from Zappos after running the company for 20 years. The online shoe retailer shared its tribute on social media late Friday.
“The world has lost a mighty seer and an incredible man,” the statement said. “His spirit will be a part of Zappos forever.”
Hsieh graduated from Harvard University, joining the company in 1999 – then as ShoeSite.com.
He also worked on revitalizing downtown Las Vegas for years, committing $ 350 million in 2013 to rebuild. That same year, he relocated Zappos headquarters to the former Las Vegas City Hall building.
“Tony Hsieh played a key role 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 wave of tribute erupted in social media as news of Hsieh’s death spread.
“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.