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Mystery continues to loom over the death of Tony Hsieh

Posted at 5:58 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 20:44:18-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The mysterious death of billionaire former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has been ruled an accident by investigators, but what's unclear is how it happened.

The 46-year-old was visiting family in Connecticut on Nov. 18 when a fire started.

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According to police, when firefighters arrived Hsieh was locked inside a storage area at the back of the home.

Dispatch radio can be heard saying, "The male is barricaded inside, and he is not answering the door. Everyone else is outside the house, they're trying to get him to open up."

But minutes later first responders radioed that the person was instead trapped.

"We got a report of a person trapped. Make sure our paramedics are responding."

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The man known as "The most unconventional boss in America," who sold his online shoe retailer to Amazon for $1.2 billion, was rushed to a hospital with "severe injuries."

He was later transferred to a burn center and died 9 days after the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation.

The medical examiner attributed Hsieh's death to smoke inhalation.