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Jewel reportedly cautioned longtime pal and former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh about his way of life shortly earlier than his premature demise.
In response to an article revealed by Forbes on Friday, the 46-year-old singer wrote a letter to Hsieh that warned him about “taking too many medication” after she had carried out for him in August at a non-public acoustic set in Park Metropolis, Utah.
The publication reported that Hsieh was planning to point out the songstress across the mountain city within the days following her efficiency, however she left abruptly Park Metropolis. The singer then despatched the businessman a letter by FedEx shortly after her departure as he not might get emails as he had determined to do a digital purge, Forbes studies.
“I’m going to be blunt,” she wrote within the letter, obtained by Forbes. “I must inform you that I don’t suppose you might be nicely and in your proper thoughts. I believe you’re taking too many medication that trigger you to disassociate.”
Jewel reportedly advised Hsieh within the observe that “individuals you might be surrounding your self with are both ignorant or keen to be complicit in you killing your self.”
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“While you go searching and notice that each single particular person round you is in your payroll, then you might be in hassle,” Jewel wrote, in keeping with Forbes. “You’re in hassle, Tony.”
A consultant for Jewel didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
Hsieh died on Nov. 27 at the age of 46 after sustaining accidents in a Nov. 18 Connecticut home fireplace, PEOPLE beforehand reported. A press release supplied to PEOPLE from DTP Corporations, which Hsieh based, stated he died surrounded by household.
“Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everybody round him, and eternally brightened the world,” the assertion learn. “Delivering happiness was at all times his mantra, so as a substitute of mourning his transition, we ask you to affix us in celebrating his life.”
Connecticut Workplace of the Chief Medical Examiner later confirmed to PEOPLE that Hsieh died from complications of smoke inhalation and his demise was dominated as an accident.
Jewel paid tribute to Hsieh on Wednesday in a tearful YouTube video titled “Elegy for Tony Hsieh.”
“I misplaced my pricey pal Tony Hsieh. He based Zappos, Life is Lovely music pageant and the Downtown Mission in Vegas,” she wrote in its description. “I’ve been confused, and unable to put up adequately, as a result of a lifetime summed up in a meme is … nicely… inconceivable.”
“That is my elegy, Tony. That is me singing for you. Might it discover you smiling on the opposite aspect of the rainbow,” Jewel continued. “I’ve by no means managed to sing whereas I cry. However right here the tears flowed … if anybody has misplaced a beloved one lately, that is for you, too. Might all of us heal collectively from the losses of the 12 months.”
Within the 11-minute clip, which featured an acoustic efficiency of “Someplace Over the Rainbow,” the folks music star spoke about assembly Hsieh on Richard Branson‘s Necker Island and the way she was “riveted” by his spirit.
“Tony was very fearless,” Jewel stated. “I bear in mind he requested me what my definition of success. I am unable to bear in mind what my reply was, however I bear in mind his. His reply was: the willingness to lose all of it, believing in an thought a lot that you just’re simply keen to be unsuitable.”
“That basically is a ravishing definition, and that actually is how I consider Tony — very courageous,” she added.
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