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Dave Goldberg, the CEO of SurveryMonkey and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, died on Friday night. He was 47.
In a post on Saturday morning, Dave’s brother Robert Goldberg informed Facebook followers of the news of his brother’s death.
“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,” Robert posted.
He continued: “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.”
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerburg also posted on his personal social media page on Saturday morning to inform followers of the news: “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 proflle, as his brother Rob suggests.”
SurveyMonkey released the following statement on Saturday morning:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Dave Goldberg passed away suddenly last 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.
Yahoo Music executive editor Dave DiMartino, who was the executive editor of Goldberg’s digital music startup Launch Music in the 1990s, paid tribute to Golberg in a Yahoo essay, calling him “truly a pioneer” for his developments in Internet radio, music video on the Internet and music on demand. He also praised his “warmth, humanity and all-around good-guyness.”
Fortune writer Adam Lashinsky wrote in an essay following Goldberg’s death, “You just don’t meet many people who are talented, successful, bright, kind, humble, and universally admired and liked.” And Recode‘s Kara Swisher wrote, “Dave was exactly the kind of leader that we need more of here and the kind of quiet conscience critical to transforming the community and its people into the better version of ourselves.”
Members of the tech community and the media took to Twitter to extend their condolesnsces.
All my thoughts and prayers are with Sheryl and her children on the tragic passing of Dave Goldberg. The world is poorer for his loss.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 2, 2015
My friend @davegoldberg kindest, most generous, loving father, loyal husband, great ceo, & sweetest friend. May his memory be a blessing.
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) May 2, 2015
A beautiful reflection on Dave Goldberg’s death: https://t.co/0NH9Mfu7R0
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) May 2, 2015
Devastated to hear about loss of @davegoldberg. One of kindest & most generous friends I’ve known. My heart goes out to Sheryl & his family
— Jeff Weiner (@jeffweiner) May 2, 2015
— Dave Morin (@davemorin) May 2, 2015
Devastating. There are no words. My heart is heavy for Dave and Sheryl’s families. RIP Dave Goldberg. https://t.co/5W2TdTA0bm
— Katie Jacobs Stanton (@KatieS) May 2, 2015
Stunned to hear the terrible & heartbreaking news about my friend Dave Goldberg’s sudden passing last night.
— Rio Caraeff (@riozilla) May 2, 2015
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