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Shock as death announced of Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg

Published 02/05/2015 | 21:20

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook, arrives with her husband David Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, for the first day of the Allen and Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho in this July 9, 2014, file photo. 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 May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook, arrives with her husband David Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, for the first day of the Allen and Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho in this July 9, 2014, file photo. 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 May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files
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SurveyMonkey CEO and husband of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Dave Goldberg, died unexpectedly on Friday night, his brother wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday.

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"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 was known for his low-key demeanor and the grace and good humor with which he handled being married to one of the nation'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.

Sheryl Sandberg, billionaire and chief operating officer of Facebook Inc.
Sheryl Sandberg, billionaire and chief operating officer of Facebook Inc.

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 movie 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.

Goldberg, 47, joined SurveyMonkey, which helps organizations conduct surveys, in 2009. Valued at $2 billion, SurveyMonkey is backed by Bain Capital Ventures, Google Ventures, Tiger Global and others.

In this Feb. 1, 2013 photo, David Goldberg, the CEO of Survey Monkey poses at their headquarters in Palo Alto, California. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times via AP)
In this Feb. 1, 2013 photo, David Goldberg, the CEO of Survey Monkey poses at their headquarters in Palo Alto, California. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times via AP)
Dave Goldberg, chief executive of SurveyMonkey, speaks during Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco, in this June 18, 2013, file photo. 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 May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files
Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook, one of the tech firms offering to pay for egg freezing.

The family did not disclose the cause of death.

Facebook boss Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook boss Sheryl Sandberg
Moderator Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, speaks during a panel discussion titled "The Global Economy" at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Moderator Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner participate in a panel discussion titled "The Global Economy" at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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