Tony Hsieh, a revered internet entrepreneur who led Zappos and sold the online retailer to Amazon for $1.2 billion, has passed away at the age of 46. Hsieh died due to injuries sustained in a house fire on Nov. 18 in New London, Conn. The Zappos.com homepage featured an image of Hsieh on Friday night and a letter posted by Zappos CEO Kedar Deshpande. The world has lost a tremendous visionary and an incredible human being.
“It is with very heavy hearts that we are sharing some very sad news with all of you, as we have learned that Tony passed away earlier today (11-27-20),” Deshpande wrote. “Though Tony retired this past summer, we know what a tremendous impact he has had on both Zappos and on Zapponians, as he has dedicated the past 20 years focusing on the success of both the company and our employees.”
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Tony Hsieh’s untimely passing, and our thoughts are with his family and friends,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to GeekWire. “Tony was a visionary leader and innovator who will be greatly missed.” [ Geek Wire ]