LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — While most knew him as an entrepreneur, Las Vegans felt a more personal connection to Tony Hsieh.
Hsieh was the former CEO of Zappos, the widely popular shoe and clothing site.He passed away on Friday, after he was hurt in a house fire while visiting friends in New London, Connecticut on November 18.
Las Vegans upset by the news know him most for his work downtown.
“He basically made it a beautiful place for artists, creators and for people to build something from the ground up,” said local Steven Campbell.
He revitalized the downtown area and made it a place people wanted to come to. His goal was to make downtown the most community-focused large city in the world.
Amber true, a local of Las Vegas said years ago when she used to work on The Strip, she would see him a lot.
“It’s very sad, he did a lot of good stuff out here,” True said. “I personally knew him when I use to work out in The Strip.”
Governor Steve Sisolak also tweeted out his support:
Derek Stevens, the owner of Circa and several other high-profile hotels around town tweeted, also:
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel chimed in on Twitter with this:
“Tony was a brilliant, creative and generous person who did great things for Las Vegas. This is terrible news.”
Saturday night’s tribute took a more peaceful approach, playing tranquil music along the hustle and bustle of the crowd — showing that he was appreciated and will be greatly missed.