Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandeberg and CEO of SurveyMonkey passed away suddenly Friday night according to a company statement.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Dave Goldberg passed away suddenly [Friday] night. Dave’s genius, courage and leadership were overshadowed only by his compassion, friendship and heart. His greatest love was for his family. Our sympathy goes out to them and to all who were touched by this extraordinary man. We are all heartbroken.”
Dave’s brother Robert Goldberg also shared the sudden loss on Facebook:
“It’s with incredible shock and sadness that I’m letting our friends and family know that my amazing brother, Dave Goldberg, beloved husband of Sheryl Sandberg, father of two wonderful children, and son of Paula Goldberg, passed away suddenly last night. In this time of sorrow, we mourn his passing and remember what an amazing husband, father, brother, son and friend he was. No words can express the depth of loss we feel, but we want his children to learn how much he meant to all of you. In lieu of donations, we want to celebrate his life in a manner that respects the family’s privacy as they cope with this tragic, life changing event: Sheryl, their children, and our family would be grateful if people would post their memories and pictures of Dave to his Facebook profile.”
Mark Zuckerberg shared Robert’s post as well, adding:
“Dave Goldberg was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with Sheryl and her family. I hope friends will join me in celebrating his life by sharing your memories of Dave on his profile, as his brother Rob suggests.”
According to Goldberg’s LinkedIn page, he had been CEO of SurveyMonkey since 2009. He was also the head of music at Yahoo for several years. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government. Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg married in 2004, according to a New York Times Wedding announcement.
His passing has lit up social media with condolences, but no cause of death has been released so far other than it was sudden and at such a young age, 47, it is impossible to speculate as to the cause.
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