Late Zappos founder Tony Hsieh said he believed he was ‘crystallizing’ and part of ‘a simulation’ in month before death, court documents reveal

Hsieh speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative America at the Sheridan Downtown Denver, in 2014
Court documents filed this week provide more insight into the final weeks of the life of Zappos founder Tony Hsieh. 
Hsieh died in a house fire in November 2020 following months of erratic behavior and a deteriorating mental state. 
The filings cite behavior like chewing on cigarettes and believing he was “crystallizing.”  

New court documents filed this week reveal more harrowing details about 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 business associates over the tech exec’s multimillion dollar estate. The documents shed light on Hsieh’s erratic behavior and deteriorating mental state, exacerbated by worsening abuse of ketamine and nitrous oxide, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KTNV reported.

According to the documents, the month before his…

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