Tony Hsieh, the former CEO of online shoe retailer Zappos.com, has died. He was 46.
Hsieh died Friday in Connecticut, according to a statement from DTP Companies, an investment firm he founded in Las Vegas.
A lawyer for Hsieh told reporters he had died from injuries he sustained in a house fire. His exact cause of death was not immediately clear. Hsieh was reportedly with his brother at the time of the fire.
Firefighters arrived at a waterfront home in the city at 3:30 a.m. Nov. 18 and had to remove someone trapped inside, The Day newspaper in New London, CT reported. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to the burn center at Bridgeport Hospital.
“With a heavy and devastated heart, we regret to inform you that Tony Hsieh passed away peacefully on November 27, 2020 surrounded by his beloved family,” DTP spokeswoman Megan Fazio said in a statement, TechCrunch reported. “Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everyone around him, and forever brightened the world.”
Hsieh, a Harvard grad, was the epitome of a Silicon Valley tech superstar. He grew up in the Bay Area and sold his first company to Microsoft in 1998 at the age of 24. He then used the profits to start a venture capital firm that invested in a shoe retail site, according to TechCrunch.
The site eventually spawned Zappos, which sold to Amazon in 2009 for $1.2 billion.
He went on to found DTP in 2012. The company has acquired 45 acres of real estate in Vegas and invested $350 million in everything from real estate developments and small businesses to startups and health care, according to its website.
“Your curiosity, vision, and relentless focus on customers leave an indelible mark,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and president, wrote on Instagram. “You will be missed by so many, Tony. Rest In Peace.”