Police logs have revealed worried friends have repeatedly called 911, expressing concern for the safety of former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh in the months leading up to his death from a house fire.
Emergency service call tapes acquired by Business Insider also showed Hsieh was rushed to hospital in late June, where an anonymous friend asked that he not be released because it “would be a problem.”
Hsieh, 46, was reportedly hospitalized after destroying his Park City, Utah mansion and threatening to injure himself.
Several weeks later, a friend called the police again to report that Hsieh was “very paranoid” and again expressed concern for his safety.
Hsieh had moved to Park City earlier this summer, throwing parties and bonfires and destroying eight multi-million dollar homes and a private club before dying late last month.
Concerned friends have reportedly called 911 multiple times to tell cops that former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, pictured, threatened to hurt himself in the months before his death.
Emergency services visited his Utah estate, pictured, twice over the summer after 911 calls from friends. He was hospitalized after the June call, but it’s unclear why
He spent at least $ 50 million as part of his plan to move to the millionaires’ playground.
Hsieh died on November 27 following a suspicious fire nine days earlier at the home of his girlfriend Rachael Brown in New London, Connecticut.
He is said to have become more fascinated by fire and inhaled increasing amounts of nitrous oxide before his death.
According to recently released police call logs, at least twice during the summer, emergency services were called to verify the former CEO, Business Insider reports.
Summit County Sheriff’s Office records revealed that on June 10, an anonymous friend called 911 to report that Hsieh had destroyed his mansion and threatened to injure himself.
Emergency services were able to contact Hsieh after the call and he was hospitalized. It is not known where he was taken for treatment.
That evening, another dispatch call expressed fear that Hsieh might be released again.
“If he is released it will be a problem,” they said, adding that they wanted to “make sure the hospital staff fully understand the situation.”
Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, 46, died of smoke inhalation following a Connecticut home fire in November
On August 14, another anonymous friend called another man, expressing concern that Hsieh was “very paranoid”.
They claimed staff picked up Hsieh’s phone and last contacted him in July, when the businessman announced he was undergoing digital drug rehab.
According to Business Insider, during that call, the friend referred to Hsieh’s use of nitrous oxide.
The dispatcher contacted one of Hsieh’s relatives after the call who told him everything was under control, but the emergency services still checked the house.
On other occasions since Hsieh’s move to Utah, cops have been called to his home over noise complaints, as neighbors ranted over construction work and loud music.
In June, MPs responded to a complaint that construction was taking place during designated silent hours, but found that the crew had a work permit at the time.
On Labor Day, they also responded to “explosive music” at 8:30 p.m. from Hsieh’s main nine-bedroom mansion.
The fire department was also called home the next day after reporting that a hot air balloon had fired flames.
Hsieh has reportedly developed a fascination with fire over the past few months, which played a role in his death.
The night he was injured, the candle-loving Hsieh was locked in a shed outside his girlfriend’s house in Connecticut at 3:30 a.m. when it caught fire.
Details of the hangar fire that killed him are still unclear, but authorities say he died from smoke inhalation and the blaze was accidental.
Hsieh, 46, was pulled unconscious from a burning shed (pictured) attached to his girlfriend’s waterfront home in New London, Connecticut, shortly after 3:30 a.m. on November 18.
It only took a few minutes for the firefighters to break in and get Hsieh out, it was too late to save him. “A victim is now drawn from the fire – unanswered,” said a firefighter just eight and a half minutes after the call. The fire was reported as under control moments later
Hsieh suddenly left Zappos in August after continuing to run it for a decade after selling the online shoe seller to Amazon for $ 214 million. His estimated wealth at the time of his death was $ 840 million.
After moving to Utah, friends warned Hsieh that he was living dangerously and was known to constantly abuse drugs and alcohol.
Hsieh would eventually have admitted that his addiction had gotten out of hand and accepted that he needed help.
Right before his death, he planned to enter a rehab clinic the night before his death, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The multimillionaire had experimented with psychedelic mushrooms and ecstasy.
He would also have become “obsessed” with what he could live without and starve himself until he weighed less than 100 pounds.
He tried not to urinate and went without oxygen.
Friends say he had been on a “downward spiral” for months and surrounded himself with “yes” men as he slowly increased his drug and alcohol use.
Three months before his death, he received a letter from Jewel, singer and longtime friend of Hsieh.
The letter, obtained by Forbes, warned that Hsieh risked being seen as an addict, not the tech visionary he was.
She wrote that his current lifestyle choices put him in danger of going from “eccentric to madness.”
Hsieh had gone to Connecticut to be with friends and told them to check on him every five minutes when he was in the shed. It is not known why, but he had brought a radiator there to lower the oxygen levels inside.
Although he apparently told his friends to watch him, he had barricaded himself inside.
A 911 expedition tape obtained by DailyMail.com revealed it was still “barricaded” inside the hangar at the time of the fire.
“The male is barricaded inside and does not answer the door,” said the dispatcher. “Everyone is outside the house.
“They try to convince him to open up.
Cops have always been called to Hsieh’s Utah home after her death.
Business Insider says that on Saturday there was a break-in at one of the homes under construction near its main mansion. We don’t know if something was stolen.