Tony Hsieh Dead: Zappos Co-Founder Dies at 46

Tony Hsieh, former CEO of retail giant Zappos and DTP founder, has died at the age of 46, according to local media.

DTP Companies, formerly known as the Downtown Project, released a statement on November 27 confirming Hsieh’s death, according to 8NewsNow Las Vegas. The entrepreneur passed surrounded by his family in Connecticut, the organization said to the station in a separate statement.

“Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everyone around him, and forever brightened the world. Delivering happiness was always his mantra, so instead of mourning his transition, we ask you to join us in celebrating his life,” DTP Companies expressed, according to the statement obtained by 8NewsNow Las Vegas.

“On behalf of all DTP Companies employees and staff, we would like to express our deepest condolences to Tony’s family and friends who have all lost Tony as a cherished loved one, visionary and friend. Tony was highly regarded by all of his fellow friends and colleagues in the tight-knit family at DTP Companies, so this heartbreaking tragedy is one that affects many involved.”

Hsieh founded DTP in 2012, which injected $350 million into real estate, entertainment and tech startups around Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, 8NewsNow Las Vegas said.

His death comes just three months after he announced his retirement as CEO from Zappos, an online shoe and clothing retailer based in Las Vegas, Nevada, the station continued. Hsieh co-founded the retailer in 1999, 8NewsNow Las Vegas said.

No other details surrounding his death have been released.

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49ers Three Biggest Names Could Return vs. Rams

The 49ers could see three big names return to their 53-man roster on Sunday when they take on the Rams––cornerback Richard Sherman (calf), running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) and running Jeff Wilson Jr. (ankle) have all been activated from injured reserve in time for Sunday’s outing.

Per NBC Sports, head coach Kyle Shanahan said all three are still considered questionable vs. the Rams.

Richard Sherman Finally Returns

The 49ers went under the injury spell really early in the season.

Star cornerback Richard Sherman was added to the injured reserve in the season opener against the Cardinals. The Niners designated Sherman to return to practice on Nov. 9.

He was projected to return a month earlier, but that didn’t happen since the rehab process is taken extra seriously nowadays.

“This rehab process, they are way more meticulous than way back in the day when they tell you to tape it up and just get back out there, give your all, and let you go”, Sherman told Cris Collinsworth.

“They’re concerned with the long-term, making sure I’m able to play the whole season. We’ll see. I’m fighting to get out there when you’re here wearing your mask and mak[ing] sure you drink with it, and eat with it on, and don’t remove (it).”

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Moster Makes His Second Return From Injury

Mostert didn’t finish the 49ers’ win over the Rams in their first outing this season due to being ruled out in the 3rd quarter.

He had already looked pretty banged up in the first half but played through it anyway. At the half, Mostert came out of the locker room with his ankle taped up. He couldn’t even make a play past his first carry in the third before being ruled out the rest of the game.

He ended the night early with 17 carries for 65 yards, and two catches for 11 yards. On the season, he has 62 touches for 453 yards and two touchdowns in four games.

Mostert went on the IR with a high ankle spring. This was tough for Mostert since he had just come off of another injury. Week 6 marked Mostert’s second game returning from a mild MCL injury that set him back in Week 2 when the Niners took on the New York Jets.

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Cowboys Deliver Bad Injury News on Starting OL Zack Martin, Cam Erving

Adding injury to the insult that was their Thanksgiving Day massacre, Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy announced Friday that starting tackles Zack Martin and Cameron Erving “are going to be out multiple weeks.”

McCarthy did not provide further details except to confirm that Martin sustained a calf injury and Erving a right MCL sprain. Both linemen were hurt on the Cowboys’ opening drive against Washington.

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Martin’s ailment is especially worrisome considering its graphic nature — he was writhing in pain and needed to be escorted, with a limp, to the locker room — and his obvious All-Pro talent. Remember, this line already is without fellow All-Pro LT Tyron Smith and RT1 La’el Collins, both of whom are on injured reserve.

“No, I don’t know how serious they are, but I do know that they got the potential to be with us — the potential to impact us the rest of the season,” Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan, prior to McCarthy’s news conference.

No matter if he’s stationed at right tackle (in place of shaky rookie Terence Steele) or his natural right guard spot, Martin is in the midst of another all-star season. The six-time Pro Bowler had graded out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 2-rated OG entering Week 12. He was key in keeping quarterback Andy Dalton upright amid last Sunday’s upset of the Minnesota Vikings.

Without Martin and Erving on the field, no such luck for Dalton, who was sacked three times and hit seven times in the 41-16 trouncing to the Football Team. The downturn was evident once Steele and fill-in LT Brandon Knight entered the game. And here’s proof: 44 scoreless rushing yards — combined — for running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.

It’s possible with 3-8 Dallas falling out of playoff contention in the lowly NFC East that Martin and Erving have played their final snaps of the season. Meaning things could get worse beginning in Week 13 when the Cowboys are scheduled to face the Ravens’ ferocious defense on Monday Night Football.

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11-Month-Old Thrown Into River After Dad Thought He Was ‘the Devil:’ Report

A 23-year-old man has been accused of throwing his 11-month-old baby into a freezing river, causing the baby to die shortly after, according to BBC News.

A temporary court in Salford, England heard on November 24 that Zak Bennett-Eko tossed his son Zakari into River Irwell on September 11, 2019, BBC News reported. The boy was later pronounced dead at the Royal Bolton Hospital around 7 p.m., the outlet continued.

Prosecutor Rob Hall told a jury that the father was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time and did not seek to convict Bennett-Eko of murder, BBC News said. The prosecutor argued that Bennett-Eko was “simply” guilty of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, the outlet continued.

“At 4:20 in the afternoon of Wednesday, September 11, 2019, in Radcliffe, North Manchester, Zak Bennett-Eko, then 22 years old, threw his 11-month-old son Zakari into the River Irwell,” Hall stated, BBC News reported. “There is no dispute that at the time Mr. Bennett-Eko was suffering from mental illness.”

Manchester: Paranoid schizophrenic father Zak Bennett-Eko, killed 11-month-old son by throwing him in river Irwell in Radcliffe

— Brian James (@yazzooguy) November 24, 2020

BBC News said the 23-year-old’s trial is ongoing.

Here’s what you need to know about Zak Bennett-Eko’s case:

Bennett-Eko Believed His Son Was ‘Turning Into the Devil,’ According to Prosecution

UPDATE: A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his son. 11-month-old Zakari William Bennett-Eko was pulled out of the water in Radcliffe on Wednesday. His father 22-year-old Zak Eko will next appear at Manchester Crown Court on Monday. @UCBMedia

— UCB News (@UCBNewsTeam) September 13, 2019

In the months leading up to his son’s death, Bennett-Eko said he had been “hearing voices,” Manchester Evening News reported. Prosecution said he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time, the outlet added. The 23-year-old stopped taking his psychosis medication because he believed he could “cope without it,” the newspaper claimed Hall said.

Bennett-Eko on September 11, 2019 got into an argument with his then partner, Emma Blood,  according to the Manchester Evening News. Blood, then eight months pregnant, told him that he should start taking care of himself considering their baby was due soon, Hall continued, the newspaper said.

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