Late Zappos founder Tony Hsieh thought he was becoming a crystal: report

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A tech CEO who founded the online shoe store Zappos was high on drugs and worried he was turning into a crystal before he died two years ago.

Tony Hsieh’s troubled state of mind was revealed in court records papers this week as his surviving family members continue to fight over his $500 million estate, according to a report.

The 46-year-old entrepreneur, who sold Zappos to Amazon, died in a fire inside a storage room at his girlfriend’s Connecticut mansion in November, 2020.

Hsieh was consuming ketamine and up to 50 canisters of nitrous oxide, known as whippets, on a daily basis. He believed he was morphing into a crystal and had wanted to start a theme park where visitors would pay in sea shells, according to the Daily Mail.

The New London home where Hsieh died in Nov. 2020.
The New London home where Hsieh died in Nov. 2020.
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Hsieh did not leave a will, and his relatives are currently fighting each other in court, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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