Late Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh thought he was ‘crystallizing’ the court revelations

  • Court documents filed this week provide insight into the final weeks of Zappos founder Tony Hsieh’s life.
  • Hsieh died in a house fire in November 2020 after months of erratic behavior and a deterioration in his mental state.
  • The filings cite behavior like chewing cigarettes and believing it “crystallizes”.

New court documents filed this week reveal more heartbreaking details of the tragic final weeks of late Zappos founder Tony Hsieh, who died in a house fire in November 2020.

The latest filings emerged from an ongoing legal battle between Hsieh’s family and his business associates over the tech executive’s multimillion-dollar estate. The documents highlighted Hsieh’s erratic behavior and deteriorating mental state, exacerbated by worsening ketamine and nitrous oxide abuse, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KTNV reported.

According to the documents, the month before his death, Hsieh, who was 46 at the time, was taken to hospital after saying he believed he was “crystallizing”. He remarked that he was “in a simulation” and didn’t know “what’s real and what’s not,” according to KTNV.

The documents, which also noted that Hsieh began chewing cigarettes as his health declined, indicate that Hsieh began using ketamine in November 2019 before openly experimenting with nitrous oxide, KTNV reported.

Additional details about Hsieh’s drug addiction emerged earlier this year, following the release of a biography on the former Zappos CEO. The book reports that singer-songwriter Jewel attempted to rescue Hsieh in August 2020, after visiting her home, which she allegedly found covered in dog feces and wax from burning candles.

According to the biography, after seeing an emaciated Hsieh in the backyard surrounded by nitrous oxide canisters, Jewel spoke to his staff and urged them to help the struggling technical manager.

“If he kills himself and everyone else in a huge fire, you can’t say you weren’t warned,” Jewel told Hsieh’s security guard, according to the biography.

Hsieh left no will and his estate has been a contentious issue since his death. Richard and Andrew Hsieh – Tony’s father and brother respectively – claim friends and business associates took advantage of the tech executive, while business manager and friend Tony Lee claims Andrew used his brother for business. money, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Lawyers for Andrew Hsieh, who was named co-administrator of Tony’s estate in the summer of 2020, wrote in the filing that he tried to stop his brother’s drug use and would plan “quiet journeys” for Tony “to get away from the people who exploited him and facilitated his continued decline,” reports the Review-Journal.

According to KTNV, Andrew Hsieh has been offered a $1 million salary to take care of his brother. According to the filings, Andrew Hsieh also requested that “vitamin and protein supplements” be added to his brother’s food as he was becoming increasingly emaciated, KTNV reported.

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