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Virtual celebration happening for Tony Hsieh on Saturday

Posted at 1:37 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 18:13:38-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A virtual celebration is being held this weekend for the late CEO of Zappo’s Tony Hsieh.

Hsieh died after he was injured in a house fire in November in New London, Conn.

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The celebration is happening at 12:12 p.m. on 12-12-20 and is being described as Hsieh’s “LifeDay.”

The virtual event on celebratetonyhsieh.com will feature a variety show of Las Vegas performers, followed by an online dance party with a pair of Las Vegas DJs.

According to the website, “Tony loved bringing people together and celebrating even life’s smallest moments, so let’s remember Tony in a way we know he’d love. Join us as his entertainment family celebrates with what they do best, because he brought out the best in all of us.”

Hsieh abruptly retired from Zappo’s, which is located in downtown Las Vegas, in August.

He moved to Park City, Utah, and began buying property.

He was visiting Connecticut when a fire started inside of a shed that he was in.

His death was ruled accidental, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

RELATED: Mystery continues to loom over the death of Tony Hsieh

In addition to being the CEO of Zappo’s. Hsieh invested $350 million of his own money in downtown Las Vegas in an attempt to revitalize the area and bring in new business.

DTP Companies sent the following statement:

It has been an incredibly difficult past two weeks. The news of Tony's passing has been devastating to our community as a whole. The outpouring of love and support that we've received has been both overwhelming and uplifting. From all of the emails, texts, cards, flowers, and so on; you can truly feel the warmth and connectedness that runs deep within our DTLV community. We've loved hearing all of the stories and memories of how Tony has touched our hearts and spirits in many unique ways.

Tony had an obvious impact on, not only DTLV, but the world. Most people knew him as an entrepreneur, a visionary, and an author. Tony was a humanitarian who loved and cared about people; proven in his relentless pursuit of Delivering Happiness to everyone he possibly could.

Others knew Tony as a family member, a mentor, and most importantly, as a friend. The depth of relationships that he had with so many people was remarkable. His commitments often pulled him in many directions, but he always made time for friendships. As a friend he was authentic, loving, kind, and selfless.

While many knew him in various roles, to us he was DTP's Tony. He was our Tony. He had a vision of building a community centered around collisions and connectedness. He took a chance on a forgotten area that no one else would. He laid the foundation of a neighborhood made up of small businesses and creatives striving to support one another. Tony challenged us to always look at things differently. His DTLV has been a story that continues to unfold. It is fluid and ever changing; providing a sense of discovery at each visit and every turn. That was his vision that we carry forward today.

We also knew him as an avid traveler. He was always on the move and his preferred method of transportation was on his bus. Not widely known as a sports fan, Tony quickly became a Vegas Golden Knights super fan who attended as many games as possible. He was passionate about many, many things...we'll always remember his love of soups and him as a pickle connoisseur.

In his absence, we are committed to continuing Delivering Happiness; as the story of his legacy has just begun to unfold.

There are countless videos and photographs recognizing how he changed our DTP lives; how he impacted so many. Attached is a video capturing some of these tributes and how we've felt his impact. I encourage you to watch the video when you have a private moment; to feel this impact and reflect on it.

Tomorrow is Tony's birthday. We encourage you to celebrate him as you wish.

Tony, we miss you and we love you.