SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, who is the husband of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, died suddenly on Friday night. Although the family has not released the cause of death, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has already released a statement.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the famous Mexican actress Maria Elena Velasco has died at age 74. She was best known for her role as “La India Maria.”
As Dave Goldberg died, Sheryl Sandberg’s brother-in-law, Robert, has shared what they know about the family tragedy 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,” Goldberg writes. “In this time of sorrow, we mourn his passing and remember what an amazing husband, father, brother, son and friend he was.”
They also asked that everyone who knew Goldberg should share pictures and memories of the good times they have had in the past to his Facebook profile. In addition, they have set up a special page for tributes.
In response, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg shared the family’s statement on his personal page and expressed condolences over Dave Goldberg’s death.
“Dave Goldberg was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know him,” Zuckerburg wrote. “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.”
Dave Goldberg’s biography on the SurveyMonkey website says he “has been a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and technology and music industry executive. He has run, and successfully grown, several online consumer businesses.” Goldberg started his career in the music industry, but eventually he ended up working at Yahoo where he met his future wife, Sheryl Sandberg.
“I met my wife in ’96 in LA,” he told Business Insider. “But we didn’t start dating until 2002. We went on a trip and we started dating. I was still in LA and she had moved to the Bay Area. I lost the coin flip as to where we were going to live. I liked L.A. and my job was in L.A.”
Goldberg joined SurveyMonkey in April of 2009 and he recently celebrated that anniversary on Twitter.
Today is my 6 year anniversary at SurveyMonkey- we help people make better decisions and this was one of my best decisions
— Dave Goldberg (@davegoldberg) April 22, 2015
As Dave Goldberg died, Sheryl Sandberg is requesting privacy for her family according to Zuckerberg.
“Sheryl is a very strong person and knows we’re all thinking of her,” Zuckerberg wrote. “She is requesting privacy for now and will update us when she’s ready.”
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