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Virginia man arrested for ‘trying to enter DC checkpoint with gun, ammunition and fake credentials’

US Capitol Police arrest a Virginia man with fake inaugural credentials, a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition trying to get through a checkpoint in DC

A Virginia man has been arrested for allegedly trying to enter through a Washington DC checkpoint armed with a gun, 500 rounds of ammunition and fake credentials, according to a report.   

Wesley Allen Beeler, from Front Royal, Virginia, was arrested Friday evening as he tried to make his way through security checkpoints in downtown DC that have been erected ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration, CNN reported. 

The outlet cited a police report and a law enforcement source which said Beeler drove his pick-up truck to a police checkpoint at North Capitol and E Street NE close to the Capitol building which just one week ago was the site of a violent siege that left five dead.

He then allegedly showed officers fake inauguration credentials in an effort to get inside the perimeter.  

Officers asked the suspect if he had any weapons and he admitted he was carrying a Glock semi-automatic pistol in the armrest of his truck, CNN reported. 

Police uncovered the handgun and found it was pre-loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition and a round chamber ready to fire, the source said.

A police report seen by the outlet states that officers later found the pistol, 509 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the handgun. 

Beeler was arrested for several offenses including possessing an unregistered firearm and possessing unregistered ammunition.    

A Virginia man has been arrested for allegedly trying to enter through a Washington DC checkpoint armed with a gun, 500 rounds of ammunition and fake credentials, according to a report 

The attempt to breach the Capitol comes amid concerns of ‘major security threats’ at Biden’s inauguration on January 20. 

Washington DC has gone into lockdown and several blocks around the Capitol have been cordoned off to prevent a repeat of the chaos seen on January 6 when Trump supporters stormed the seat of American democracy. 

A Baghdad-style ‘Green Zone’ perimeter has been set up and more than 20,000 armed National Guard troops have been mobilized. 

The Secret Service released its restricted access plan, which includes what the agency is calling a ‘Green Zone’ in the heart of DC. 

The term ‘Green Zone’ was the same name given to the heavily-fortified area in Baghdad during the Iraq War. 

Most of downtown DC is now off-limits to traffic and has already drawn comparisons to Baghdad’s high-security zone.

In extraordinary scenes out of the capital, thousands of armed military members are patrolling the streets and anti-climb steel fences and road blocks continue to be installed in the wake of last week’s deadly siege.    

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COVID-19 precaution: Abu Dhabi updates procedures to enter the emirate

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated procedures to enter Abu Dhabi from within the country, effective from Sunday, 17 January.

The committee approved allowing entry into the emirate within 48 hours of receiving a negative PCR or DPI test result, instead of 72 hours. It also approved mandatory PCR tests on day four of entry for those staying for four days or more, and on day eight of entry for those staying for eight days or more. The day of entry into Abu Dhabi is counted as day one.

The procedures apply to all UAE citizens and residents, including Abu Dhabi residents, except for those vaccinated as part of national vaccination programmes and volunteers in the Phase III vaccine clinical trials who have an active status (letter ‘E’ or gold star) on the Alhosn app.

The committee renewed its call on community members to continue their cooperation and commitment to following preventive and precautionary measures, reminding everyone that those who fail to follow the procedures are liable for fines.

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As WandaVision arrives, Marvel Studios is about to enter a never-ending cycle

If Marvel Studios has its way, people will get a new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe nearly every week.

Everything starts with WandaVision. Marvel’s new nine-episode show, which follows Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany’s Vision living out an absurd suburban life in an alternate universe, kicks off on January 15th. Two episodes will premiere, with new episodes releasing every week for the rest of the season. Just two weeks after WandaVision ends, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will arrive. It’s then three weeks until Black Widow hits theaters (unless it’s delayed again) and Loki lands on Disney Plus. By the time Loki ends, it’ll be time for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

You get the picture.

Before Disney Plus launched, Marvel Studios solely worked on films. Television shows fell under Marvel Entertainment’s separate TV division. This includes the Netflix suite of series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage), shows on Hulu (The Runaways), and ABC titles like Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s what kept the Marvel Cinematic Universe separate from everything else, even if those events were referenced. When Disney Plus came along, everything got shuffled. Disney needed new Marvel shows to bring in subscribers and keep them (like The Mandalorian did). Jeph Loeb, former head of Marvel TV, was effectively ousted as everything came under Marvel Studios chief and MCU architect Kevin Feige.

Under Feige, the MCU is now expanding. The various shows and films will interweave with one another. WandaVision will feature characters from Thor, Ant-Man, and Captain Marvel and will connect somehow to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While former Disney executives told The Verge that viewers won’t need to watch every movie or show to keep up, the strategy is designed like comics — references made to events that happened elsewhere that fans may want to watch to understand the full context.

Depending on people’s opinions of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having a new Marvel thing each week is either a blessing or a curse. The question is when does it tip into oversaturation? Some people may feel like we’ve hit that point. While studios and networks are making more movies and TV shows than ever before (including outside the superhero genre), few things dominate the box office and conversation like Disney properties, most notably Marvel and Star Wars. Ushering in a never-ending wave of Marvel TV series, on top of three or four films a year, could be what tips the world over into total franchise fatigue.

Except it likely won’t. Franchise fatigue is a popular phrase that gets thrown around, but it’s ultimately flawed. Superhero movies remain some of the biggest box office successes that drive people to theaters at a time when US audiences are, on average, attending fewer movies a year. In China, Marvel movies remain some of the best performing films made by US studios, and the Chinese box office is the second largest box office demographic. This isn’t to imply that Marvel movies are the be all, end all of film (far from it), but mainstream audiences aren’t tired of them. Prior to Infinity War and Endgame, entries like Black Panther and Captain Marvel drove some of the MCU’s largest successes — and those were new characters within the MCU, not Captain America. The audience demand hasn’t disappeared.

Marvel Studios and Disney’s more pressing concern isn’t franchise fatigue — it’s trust. Think about Star Wars. With the exception of Solo, each Star Wars film released over the last five years has performed exceptionally well, but critical opinion of the films has soured. People argued The Force Awakens is just a remake of A New Hope, The Rise of Skywalker is consistently dunked on, The Last Jedi sits at the center of its own ongoing debate, and Solo feels like two movies mashed into one messy affair.

Productions were plagued by directors and writers being fired, with Disney rushing to get out a Star Wars film a year, leaving little room for proper rewrites. Disney arguably lost the trust from fans over its ability to make consistently good Star Wars movies — or, as analyst and venture capitalist, Matthew Ball, says, it’s “accrued disappointment.” Disney tried to rush everything. It didn’t seem like there was a 10-year plan for Star Wars. Marvel Studios’ greatest asset is that Feige was able to archetype what the universe should look like. It’s not exactly quality over quantity — they keep making more MCU movies every year — but quantity without losing the overarching story thread.

Ironically, Star Wars also points to how having more Marvel can still work. Like Rogue One before it, The Mandalorian succeeds because it’s familiar but stands on its own. It’s obviously Star Wars, and there are enough references to key Star Wars figures and moments that diehard fans can dig into the nitty-gritty. It’s also new and unique enough, however, to not feel like a rushed entry in a universe that generates a ton of money for Disney. The Mandalorian’s creators, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, were given time to figure it out.

By all accounts, WandaVision is in the same boat. The characters are familiar, but the show is so different from anything within the MCU that it hopefully feels entirely refreshing. Keeping people’s trust and avoiding accrued disappointment is playing to streaming’s opportunity. Experimentation should be encouraged. If it works, the opportunity for success and ongoing profitability has no ceilings.

If it doesn’t, it’s more forgivable on a streaming service, where people are paying monthly for new content on top of their favorite films and TV shows. It’s not the same as paying $10 or more for a movie ticket or tens of millions of dollars in losses for Disney. Reserve safe bets for big, splashy tentpole movies that more than return on the original investment and marketing campaign; experiment on Disney Plus where people are looking for something to satiate their appetite.

Streaming’s main pitfall is thinking because there’s a monthly demand from subscribers that speed is a priority. Consistency is, but consistency also means quality and originality — especially with properties like Marvel and Star Wars. The stakes are higher; there’s a precedent for great, a precedent for awful, and a hungry fan base that will only accept sub-par movies or TV for so long.

The good news is that Marvel Studios just needs to keep doing what it’s already doing. Feige — an architect who designs Marvel storylines a decade in advance, figuring out how to make a giant universe feel tangible and new — is now in charge of ensuring that same level of attention gets applied to the Disney Plus world. We’re about to enter a period where there will constantly be a new piece of Marvel Studios content. It sounds exhausting — but it doesn’t have to be.

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Negative COVID-19 test required to enter England and Scotland

Those arriving without it will face a £ 500 fine

From January 11, those arriving in England and Scotland by any means of transport must have a negative COVID-19 test with them. It must be done no earlier than 72 hours before leaving the host country, LBC reports. This rule applies not only to foreign nationals, but also to UK residents returning home.

Exceptions will be made for children under 11 years of age, personnel of transport companies and shipping companies, as well as for Irish citizens traveling to Northern Ireland. A complete list of exemptions will be available on the government website.

Everyone else will be fined £ 500 for failing to test.

At the same time, a negative test result does not exempt people from the countries included in the list of unsafe destinations from an epidemiological point of view from a ten-day self-isolation. It can also be found on the government website. Quarantine violators will have to pay a £ 100 fine. Thus, the UK is trying to protect itself from new varieties of coronavirus, which can spread faster than the usual British strains of COVID-19 detected in December 2020.

“We did our best to prevent the emergence of new strains of coronavirus, but taking into account the situation in the world, we decided to take additional measures”– commented on the government’s decision Minister of Transport Grant Shepps.

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We enter a long tunnel with no light

We are therefore radically confined. For a month officially, although we know that’s probably wrong. The government is giving a deconfinement date because it has to. We bet he will extend it.

We have just entered a tunnel with no light.

Quebeckers will experience the curfew. Evening walkers risk a hefty ticket, not to say disproportionate, not to say delusional. The little freedom of having the right to take the outdoors outside should have been preserved.

Curfew

Whatever one thinks, in the historical situation we are in, democratic life must continue. It comes with the right to criticize what seems to us to be unfounded. I do not forbid myself. Not betraying your country is not to praise the government every moment.

However, let’s not fall into the trap of a stage manager who imagines himself to understand better than everyone else. All societies are fumbling with the pandemic.

An essential reminder must be given to all the sowers of mental civil war: the government believes that it is acting to the best of the knowledge available for the common good. He is not trying to subjugate Quebecers: he is doing what he can to save a society that is now discovering its fragility.

The government can be blamed for its measures, but certainly not its intentions. François Legault makes mistakes, but no one should doubt that he wants the good of Quebecers.

Add that François Legault was right last night to tackle Justin Trudeau. The Ottawa leprechaun makes life difficult for us. We should also add that it would be even simpler not to ask permission from Ottawa to define our vaccination strategy, as the leader of the Parti Québécois Paul St-Pierre Plamondon reminded us.

I am not one of those people who see conspirators everywhere. We abuse this term which will have become the great insult of our time.

But that said, a conspiracy movement does exist. When she wants to see the pandemic as a huge plot orchestrated by evil powers, she falls into a fantasy world.

This fantasy, paradoxically, gives him the impression of mentally in control of events. There would be the bad guys on the one hand, the good guys on the other, and it would be enough to unmask the lies of the former for the latter to triumph.

Conspiracyists

Those who see the world this way reduce it to a superhero movie script in which they play the good part. They’re kidding.

Back to the basics: courage, over the next few weeks! Criticize the government, yes, when necessary. Let us invite him to restore our freedoms. Let us remind him that confinement has its limits.

At the same time, let us remember that we do not have full control over the pandemic, but we will get out of it, and we will get out of it together.

Far, far away, at the end of the tunnel, we still have the right to hope for a little light.

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Denied to enter her graduation ceremony because of her haircut | The State

The father of a young student at the Universidad Católica Salesiana, in Chile, made public a discriminatory act of which his son was a victim last December 11, when they denied him access to his graduation ceremony.

In the video you can see the student, by name Jaime Espinoza, trying to enter the hall of the university where the ceremony is taking place, but a professor named Mario Torres prevents access.

The teacher claimed wearing an “inappropriate” haircut for the occasion.

Finally, the young man was given his papers in the direction of the school, thus depriving him of participating in the ceremony.

Dozens of users have rejected what was done with Jaime and demand that the university issue a public apology for what happened.

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Enter FOX Bet’s free Week 16 Friday contest for a chance to win $25,000

“You are what you record says you are.” – Bill Parcells

How about 130-87 picking against the spread this year, coach? Happy Holidays indeed! With two weeks left in the regular season we will take another crack at the $25,000 FOX Bet Super 6 contest.

The Christmas day matchup features the New Orleans Saints hosting the Minnesota Vikings.

Enter the NFL Friday Challenge contest on the FOX Super 6 app for free and you can win this week’s $25,000 jackpot! Download now at foxsuper6.com!

1. How many points will be scored in the first half?

0-10

11-13

14-16

17-19

20-22

23+

The Saints, still first place in the NFC South, were narrowly defeated by the Super Bowl champion Chiefs 32-29 last week. Look for Drew Brees to return to form. Brees finished up well but began the game 0 for his first 6 pass attempts in his first action after recovering from a punctured lung. Minnesota will do their share as well, facing a depleted New Orleans “D” on short rest.

2. Which team will have the last scoring drive of the 1st half… and how many yards?

0-25

26-29

30-33

34-37

38-41

42-45

46-49

50-53

54+ (Saints)

Expecting Saints head coach Sean Payton to successfully control the time of possession throughout against a Viking defense that lately has not been effective against the run or pass and is unlikely to reverse that trend in this game. Long drives, via balanced play calling, may rule the day. 

3. Which team will have the most RECEPTIONS… and how many?

0-17

18

19

20

21 (Saints)

22

23

24

25+

The Chiefs contained the Saints wideouts as well as a rusty Drew Brees but this explosive unit, even without Michael Thomas, should have their way here. Deep threats Tre’Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders will have an easier time shaking loose. Tight end Jared Cook and running back Alvin Kamara are two ball control receivers who can move the chains.  

4. Choose the team with the most RUSHING yards… and how many.

0-100 (Saints)

101-105

106-110

11-115

116-120

121-125

126-130

131-135

136+

Alvin? Alvin? ALVIN!..All-purpose, All-Pro back Alvin Kamara can do it all but he’s been banged up and got 11 touches last week for 54 yards. Brees used his most effective weapon as a receiver out of the backfield and that strategy may be implemented in Friday’s gameplan as well. The Vikings’ Dalvin Cook may be relied on early but not if Minny is playing catch-up late. So we’ll go with Kamara, even though his actual rushing totals may also be limited.    

5. Choose the team with the most RECEIVING yards… and how many.

0-230

231-240

241-250

251-260

261-270

271-280 (Saints)

281-290

291-300

301+

We didn’t see it last week, did we? New Orleans was sluggish on offense, especially early as Brees had difficulty finding any rhythm. Statement time. Look for Drew, with help from Sean Payton’s more aggressive play-calling, to spread the field, light up the scoreboard and make it a generally unhappy holiday for visiting Minnesota.  

6. Choose team to win & by how many points.

1-2

3-4

5-6

7-9

10-14 (Saints)

15-17

18-21

22-24

25+

New Orleans has secured a playoff spot and now they look to clinch the NFC South division title. Tom Brady’s Bucs are a game back with two left and the Saints will take no prisoners against the 6-8 Vikings whose playoff chances are on life support after losing to the offensively-challenged Bears last week. Gotta believe Nola will be up two scores late.

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Ontario to enter full lockdown on December 26 for 28 days, Premier Ford announces

Ontario will enter full containment on December 26 for 28 days, Premier Ford announces.

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Mayweather, Laila Ali and Klitschko to Enter the Boxing Hall of Fame | The State

Undefeated fighters retired Floyd Mayweather and Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Alias well as the former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko have been elected to the Hall of Fame and the Museum of International Boxing in the 2021 generation.

“It is a great honor for me to be included as a nominee in the first ballot,” Mayweather said.

He added that “Throughout my career, I gave everything I could to boxing, and now, I will be recognized with one of the most prestigious honors in sport. “

The list, which was released on Tuesday, also includes the former Olympic champion. Andre Ward, Ann Wolfe, Marian Trimiar, and Dr. Margaret Goodman.

Those chosen posthumously were the lightweight champion Davey Moore, Jackie Tonawanda, Freddie Brown, Coach Jackie McCoy, Journalist George Kimball and television executive Jay Larkin.

The induction day It will be June 13 and will include last year’s generation, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 generation includes Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Márquez, Shane Mosley, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker, Barbara Buttrick, Frank Erne, Paddy Ryan, Lou DiBella, Kathy Duva, Dan Goossen, Bernard Fernandez and Thomas Hauser.

Mayweather, born into a family of fighters in 1977 in Grand Rapids (Michigan), had an amateur record of 84-6, including three National Golden Glove titles, as well as a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics.

He turned pro in 1996 and captured his titles in five in various divisions, beginning with an eighth-round knockout of Genaro Hernandez for the World Boxing Council (WBC) junior lightweight title in his eighteenth professional fight.

Being trained by his father, Floyd Sr., and his uncle Roger, “Money” retired in 2017 con a perfect 50-0 mark (27 knockouts) after knocking out MMA star Conor McGregor.

Klitschko had an amateur record of 134-6 (65 knockouts) when he won weight gold. super heavyweight at the 1996 Olympics.

He entered professional boxing that same year in Germany and he won 24 consecutive bouts before losing to Ross Purity.

He then defeated Chris Byrd for the World Organization (WBO) heavyweight title and in 2006 stopped Byrd again for the International Federation (IBF) and International Organization (IBO) titles to start. a nine-year reign in which he achieved 18 defenses.

The native of Kazakhstan He was a heavyweight champion for the longest time in history (12 years and two days) and ended up with a professional record of 64-5 (53 knockouts).

Ali also retired undefeated with a 24-0 record. (21 knockouts) which included a 2003 win over Christy Martin.

Ali used a precise jab and a powerful right hand to record a knockout rate of 87.5 percent. She is the daughter of Muhammad Ali and the eighth of his nine children.

Tonawanda, who will be consecrated as a pioneer, began boxing in the early 1970s and, with sanctioned women’s bouts scant, she spent most of her career on the underground women’s boxing circuit.

TO Tonawanda was denied a professional boxing license from the New York State Athletic Commission in 1974 Due to her gender, she filed a sex discrimination lawsuit in 1975 and after a protracted legal battle involving lawsuits from other women, the judge ruled in her favor.

Along with Cat Davis and Trimiar, Tonawanda was one of the first women to be licensed by New York on September 19, 1978. She was the first female boxer to compete at Madison Square Garden, recording a second round stoppage win against Larry Rodaina in an MMA Fight.

Tonawanda, 5 feet 9 inches pEleó with Muhammad Ali in his training camp and worked as his bodyguard. He died of colon cancer in 2009 at the age of 75

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Zappos founder Tony Hseih was planning to enter rehab in Hawaii for mushroom and ecstasy abuse

Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, 46, died of smoke inhalation as a result of a Connecticut house fire last month. He was planning to enter a rehab facility in Hawaii the night before he died

Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh was planning to enter a rehab center in Hawaii but died before his plans came to fruition. 

The 46-year-old entrepreneur, who had an estimated net worth of $840 million, died from smoke inhalation as a result of a Connecticut house fire last month. 

Friends had warned him that he was living dangerously and was known to be constantly abusing drugs and alcohol, friends told the Wall Street Journal. 

But Hsieh had finally come to admit that his addictions had gotten out of control and had accepted he needed help.

He is said to have been making plans to enter a rehab clinic the very night before he died.

Friends had warned him in recent months that he was living dangerously close to the edge.

The multimillionaire had been experimenting with psychedelic mushrooms and ecstasy. 

The accounts mirror interviews DailyMail.com conducted last week with some of his friends and colleagues.  

They said that Hsieh’s drug abuse was growing fast at the time of his death and that it escalated after he quit as CEO of the shoe company. 

One colleague said Hsieh surrounded himself with people who ‘enabled’ his addictions. 

Hsieh died in hospital nine days after he was pulled unconscious from a burning shed attached to a $1.3 million home in New London, Connecticut, back on November 18

Hsieh died in hospital nine days after he was pulled unconscious from a burning shed attached to a $1.3 million home in New London, Connecticut, back on November 18

Jewel, a singer and longtime friend of Hsieh, wrote him a letter raising her concerns after visiting him at one of his homes in Park City, Utah, back in August. 

The letter, which was obtained by Forbes, warned that Hsieh was at risk of being remembered as drug addict and not the tech visionary he was. 

She wrote that his current lifestyle choices were putting him in danger of crossing from ‘eccentric to madness’.   

The singer, who posted a song tribute to Hsieh online this week, was meant to spend the week but left abruptly after just one day. She wrote the letter to him soon after.

Hsieh, 46, was pulled unconscious from a burning shed (pictured) attached to a waterfront home in New London, Connecticut, shortly after 3.30am on November 18. He died in hospital nine days later

Hsieh, 46, was pulled unconscious from a burning shed (pictured) attached to a waterfront home in New London, Connecticut, shortly after 3.30am on November 18. He died in hospital nine days later

'In recent months the nitrous oxide had become as important to Tony as his alcohol,' one close colleague said. He would take it in the form of whippets - straight from the cartridge

‘In recent months the nitrous oxide had become as important to Tony as his alcohol,’ one close colleague said. He would take it in the form of whippets – straight from the cartridge

‘I am going to be blunt,’ she wrote. ‘I need to tell you that I don’t think you are well and in your right mind. I think you are taking too many drugs that cause you to disassociate.

‘The people you are surrounding yourself with are either ignorant or willing to be complicit in you killing yourself.

‘When you look around and realize that every single person around you is on your payroll, then you are in trouble. You are in trouble, Tony.

‘If the world could see how you are living, they would not see you as a tech visionary, they would see you as a drug addicted man who is a cliche. And that’s not how you should go down or be known.

Hsieh received a letter from his friend Jewel three months before he died in which she told him he was in trouble and that he was taking too many drugs. She is pictured above during a tribute song she posted online for him last Wednesday

Hsieh received a letter from his friend Jewel three months before he died in which she told him he was in trouble and that he was taking too many drugs. She is pictured above during a tribute song she posted online for him last Wednesday

‘Your body cannot take not sleeping. And the amount of N2O you are doing is not natural. You will not hack sleep and you will not outsmart nature.’ 

Hsieh died in hospital nine days after he was pulled unconscious from a burning shed attached to a $1.3 million home in New London, Connecticut, back on November 18.  

A 911 dispatch tape obtained by DailyMail.com revealed that he was ‘barricaded’ inside the shed at the time. 

‘The male is barricaded inside and not answering the door,’ the dispatcher says. ‘Everyone else is outside the house. They are trying to get him to open up.’

Firefighters broke their way in shortly after 3.30am and pulled an unresponsive Hsieh from the property. 

He was pronounced dead in hospital on November 27. 

The fire broke out around 3:30 am on November 18 at a $1.3 million waterfront home in New London, Connecticut, where Hsieh, former CEO of the giant Zappos empire and his brother had been staying

The fire broke out around 3:30 am on November 18 at a $1.3 million waterfront home in New London, Connecticut, where Hsieh, former CEO of the giant Zappos empire and his brother had been staying 

Hsieh, who sold his business to Amazon for $1 billion in 2009, also liked to use a heater in his girlfriend¿s shed to decrease his oxygen level

Hsieh, who sold his business to Amazon for $1 billion in 2009, also liked to use a heater in his girlfriend’s shed to decrease his oxygen level

Details of the shed fire that killed him are still unclear however authorities say he died from smoke inhalation and that the blaze was accidental.  

Hsieh, who sold his business to Amazon for $1 billion in 2009, also liked to use a heater in his girlfriend’s shed to decrease his oxygen level according the Post. 

‘His heavy alcohol and drug use was known by everyone around him,’ a colleague said. ‘Anyone that challenged him about it was cast aside.

‘The talk among his former colleagues at Zappos is that Tony was likely in the shed blacked out drunk and on drugs. He was a major alcoholic and a drug addict. He was hardcore.’

Some friends said they feared that his use of the laughing gas nitrous oxide and his love of candles could have caused the fire that killed him. 

Amazon owner Jeff Bezos was among those to pay tribute to him, saying: 'The world lost you way too soon. Your curiosity, vision, and relentless focus on customers leave an indelible mark. You will be missed by so many, Tony. Rest In Peace'

Amazon owner Jeff Bezos was among those to pay tribute to him, saying: ‘The world lost you way too soon. Your curiosity, vision, and relentless focus on customers leave an indelible mark. You will be missed by so many, Tony. Rest In Peace’

‘In recent months the nitrous oxide had become as important to Tony as his alcohol,’ one close colleague said. ‘And Grey Goose vodka was his best friend.’ 

He would take it in the form of whippets – straight from the cartridge of a whipped cream dispenser.  

‘He would take dozens of them a day,’ the colleague said.

‘He lived a crazy, eccentric life. The drugs often made him hallucinate, he became paranoid – that could explain why he barricaded himself in,’ he added.

‘Tony was very fond of candles. He liked to set the atmosphere.’

‘The guess is that he managed to ignite one of the nitrous oxide canisters which caused a small explosion that killed him.’  

While nitrous oxide isn’t flammable, it does accelerate the burning of combustible material that is already alight. 

Playing with his oxygen intake was part of a number of quirky habits Hsieh embarked on. 

At one time her went on a 26-day alphabet diet eating only foods that began with a single letter each day starting with ‘a’ and ending almost a month later with ‘z’.  

He would see how long he could go without urinating.

Hsieh, the son of Taiwanese immigrants who was raised in California, stepped down as CEO of Zappos in August.

Friends say that he had been in a ‘downward spiral’ for months and had surrounded himself with ‘yes’ men as he slowly increased his drug and alcohol intake.