Tony Hsieh, former CEO of Japos
Tony Hesheh, the retired CEO of Las Vegas-based online shoe retailer Zappos.com, who spent years working to transform the city’s downtown area, has died. He was 46.
He was with the family when he died on Friday, according to a statement from DTP companies. KLAS-TV reported that Spokesperson Megan Fazio of the Downtown Partnership said that Hsieh died in Connecticut.
Hsieh’s lawyer, Puo Premashirut, told news outlets that Hisih was injured in a house fire during a trip to Connecticut. Additional details were not immediately released. The official cause of death was not declared.
“Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everyone around him and illuminated the world forever,” a DTP company statement said. “Providing happiness was always his mantra, so instead of mourning his change, we ask you to join us in celebrating our lives.”
Hsieh recently retired from Zappos after 20 years of leading the company. The online shoe retailer shared a tribute on social media late Friday.
“The world has lost a tremendous visionary and an incredible human being,” the statement said. “His soul will always be a part of Zappos.”
In 1999, Hsieh was a Harvard University graduate who joined the company – Schoestite.com – in 1999.
For years, he also worked to revitalize Las Vegas, promising $ 350 million in 2013 for redevelopment. The same year he moved the headquarters of the Zapos to the former building in Las Vegas City Hall.
Nevada Village. Steve Sisolak, “Tony Hsieh played an important role in helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas.” Tweeted Friday night. “Kathy and I send our love and condolences to Tony’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
As news of Harsha’s death spread on social media, a wave of tribute ran.
Former venture investor Chris Saika said, “Tony Hesih may be the most original thinker with me ever.” Tweeted. “He questioned every notion and shared everything he had learned along the way. He was really happy to please anyone and everyone.”
Skateboarder and Entrepreneur Tony Hawk The couple, “Tony Hesih was a visionary. He was generous with his time and was ready to share his invaluable expertise with anyone.”
“A truly original thinker, a brilliant entrepreneur, and a kind and generous friend to many people” Tweeted Entrepreneur Max Levchin.
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Tony Hsieh’s last name.