Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, dies

SurveyMonkey CEO (47) reported to have died on Friday night

A file photograph dated July 12th, 2013 shows Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook., and husband David Goldberg, chief operating officer of SurveyMonkey. Photograph: EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

A file photograph dated July 12th, 2013 shows Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook., and husband David Goldberg, chief operating officer of SurveyMonkey. Photograph: EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

 

SurveyMonkey CEO and husband of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Dave Goldberg, died unexpectedly on Friday night, his brother Robert wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday.

“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,” Robert Goldberg wrote.

Goldberg (47) joined SurveyMonkey, which helps organisations conduct surveys, in 2009.

He was known for his low-key demeanour and the grace and good humour with which he handled being married to one of the America’s most recognisable executives.

In her book Lean In, Sandberg attributed much of her own success to her marriage to Goldberg, who she said supported her career decisions and shared equally in the work of raising their young children. The two married in 2004.

Tributes to Goldberg poured in over social media from friends and other executives, including Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, who called Goldberg “an amazing person.”

“Kindest, most generous, loving father, loyal husband, great ceo, & sweetest friend,” tweeted Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. “May his memory be a blessing.”

Television and film writer John Quaintance said on Facebook that Goldberg was the first person to encourage him to write professionally, changing the course of his career. Goldberg was also the first person Quaintance met who owned a Blackberry device.

“I rolled my eyes at the idea that people were ever going to need to read their emails away from the office,” he wrote.

The family did not disclose the cause of death.

Reuters