After Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh died in a November fire in Connecticut, details started to emerge shortly after about the bizarre lifestyle he lived. On Tuesday, Connecticut authorities released information about what they discovered on November 18th when they responded to the fire call, and the information confirms Hsieh definitely had some demons.
He was surrounded by lit candles, a propane heater, Whip-It nitrous oxide chargers, a marijuana pipe, whipped cream dispenser and bottles of alcohol.
The fire department and other authorities had been investigating the scene for the past two months, and the fire marshal for New London, Connecticut said the cause of the fire was inconclusive, though the report he filed listed a number of possibilities.
Investigators believe the cause of the fire was with a portable propane heater, discarded cigarettes or marijuana, a misuse of candles, or a carless or intentional act by Hsieh.
His cause of death was officially described as smoke inhalation. Firemen rescued him from the fire in the shed, next to the home of a friend, allegedly his girlfriend, that he was staying with, and took him to the hospital where he died.
Another friend who was there told investigators that the night before the fire, Hsieh had gotten into an argument with Rachael Brown at about 11:30 PM. She had asked him to leave the property until they all departed on a trip to Hawaii the following day. His friends had been checking on him every 10 minutes. They had told him at 3:20 a.m. it was time to go, when he responded “five more minutes.” At 3:21 the carbon monoxide detector’s alarm went off. At 3:24 a.m. a camera inside the shed’s entrance failed because of the fire, and the fire department was called at 3:26 a.m.
Authorities reportedly do not believe criminality was involved.