Tony Hsieh, former CEO of Zappos

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

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

Puoy Premsrirut, a lawyer for Hsieh, advised information retailers that Hsieh had been injured in a home fireplace whereas visiting Connecticut. Extra particulars weren’t instantly launched. An official explanation for loss of life wasn’t introduced.

“Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everybody round him, and ceaselessly brightened the world,” a DTP Corporations assertion stated. “Delivering happiness was at all times his mantra, so as an alternative of mourning his transition, we ask you to affix us in celebrating his life.”

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

“The world has misplaced an amazing visionary and an unimaginable human being,” the statement stated. “His spirit will ceaselessly be part of Zappos.”

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

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

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

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

“Tony Hsieh could be probably the most authentic thinker I’ve ever been mates with,” former enterprise investor Chris Sacca tweeted. “He questioned each assumption and shared every part he discovered alongside the way in which. He genuinely delighted in making anybody and everybody comfortable.”

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

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


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