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Retired Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh died of complications of smoke inhalation in house fire, coroner says

Ed Komenda, Reno Gazette Journal
·1 min read

LAS VEGAS – Retired Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh died of complications of smoke inhalation, Connecticut’s chief medical examiner said Monday.

The death was ruled an accident, the Connecticut office of the chief medical examiner wrote in an email to the USA TODAY Network.

Hsieh was with family when he died Friday at Connecticut's Bridgeport Hospital, according to Las Vegas-based DTP Companies, which he founded. He was 46.

Hsieh suffered injuries in a Nov. 18 house fire in New London, Connecticut.

The Day newspaper reported on the day of the fire that one person had been removed from a waterfront home in New London with possible burns and smoke inhalation. The person, who was not identified, was eventually taken to Bridgeport Hospital, which has a burn center.

Fire Chief Thomas Curcio was quoted as saying that crews arrived around 3:30 a.m. after a report of someone trapped in he house, that firefighters had to force their way in, and that they removed the victim, performed CPR and took him to a hospital.

"Tony Hsieh might be the most original thinker I’ve ever been friends with," former venture investor Chris Sacca tweeted. "He questioned every assumption and shared everything he learned along the way. He genuinely delighted in making anyone and everyone happy."

Skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk called Hsieh "a visionary" who was "generous with his time and willing to share his invaluable expertise with anyone."

Contributing: The Associated Press.

Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network.

This article originally appeared on Reno Gazette Journal: How did former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh die? Smoke inhalation from fire