The former CEO of online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos, Tony Hsieh has passed away after a house fire in the United States (US).
Tony Hsieh, 46 had recently retired after 20 years leading Zappos, acquired by Amazon for more than $1 billion.
He also played a key part in the restoration of central Las Vegas.
Tributes poured in on social media. Zappos said that the world had “lost a tremendous visionary”.
Tony Hsieh also wrote the book Delivering Happiness, which set out his philosophy of focusing on both customer and employee care.
A statement from various companies said Tony Hsieh said he was with his family when he died on Friday. Details of his injuries and the cause of death have not been released.
“Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everyone around him, and forever brightened the world,” the statement said.
Zappos.com paid tribute to the iconic star.
It is with very heavy hearts that we are sharing some very sad news, as we have learned that Tony passed away earlier today (11-27-20). The world has lost a tremendous visionary and an incredible human being. We recognize that…https://t.co/RUMNOFrItZ pic.twitter.com/NSAFGW8p4L
— Zappos.com (@Zappos) November 28, 2020