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Nevada leaders, others react to death of former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

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Posted at 10:10 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-29 11:31:56-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Several Nevada leaders are reacting to the death of former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh reported on Friday.

Hsieh passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, according to a statement by DTP Companies, a company he founded.

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The 46-year-old stepped down as the CEO of Zappos back in August and is credited with working on several downtown Las Vegas projects over the years, including investing $350 million into a revitalization effort he named the Downtown Project.

“You knew that you had somebody in Las Vegas that had your back," says Kip Kelly, former downtown Las Vegas casino executive.

Kelly saw firsthand the impact Hseih had on the downtown area.

“He’s a true disruptor in every sense of the word so when he came downtown, he had a mission to disrupt what was currently happening there and gave it a complete face lift," says Kelly.

Sunday, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak released a Tweet reading Hsieh played a pivotal role in helping transform downtown Las Vegas.

Downtown Las Vegas casino owner Derek Stevens wrote Hsieh helped change the landscape of downtown Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman expressed her sympathy.

Councilman Cedric Crear wrote that Hsieh was a very creative person who positively helped change the landscape of downtown Las Vegas.

Ivanka Trump tweeted about her friendship with Hsieh on Saturday morning:

Statement from Downtown Vegas Alliance on Tony Hsieh:

Tony Hsieh was a true visionary and champion of downtown Las Vegas. His purchase of the former city hall, his relocation of Zappos to downtown and his significant investment in businesses large and small throughout the area, were a spark and a catalyst for downtown revitalization. His Zappos and DTP teams continue to be active members of the Downtown Vegas Alliance, a consortium of downtown businesses, hosting many events on behalf of the organization. We are fortunate to have benefited from his leadership and support. The Downtown Vegas Alliance is forever grateful for his lasting imprint on and uplift to the area.

MGM Grand has also issued a statement:

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