The previous CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh, dies on the age of 46

© Reuters. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, speaks during the Wall Street Journal Digital Live (WSJDLive) conference at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, California


(Reuters) – Tony Hsieh, former managing director and founder of online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos, died on Friday, the company said in a statement.

The Las Vegas, Nevada-based company made no mention of the cause of death, but TechCrunch reported, citing a Hsieh spokesman, that he died of a Connecticut house fire.

In honor of Hsieh, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said in a post on Twitter: "Tony Hsieh was instrumental in transforming downtown Las Vegas."

Hsieh retired last summer after spending 20 years with the company, Zappos CEO Kedar Deshpande said in a statement. https: //

"The world has lost an enormous visionary and an incredible person," Deshpande said. Inc (NASDAQ :), which bought Zappos in 2009 for $ 1.2 billion, said: "We are deeply saddened to hear of Tony Hsieh's untimely death, and our thoughts go with his family and friends. Tony was a visionary leader and innovator who will be greatly missed. "

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