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Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey CEO, Sheryl Sandberg Husband, Dies 'Suddenly' During Vacation

By    |   Monday, 04 May 2015 06:57 AM

Dave Goldberg, 47, the chief executive of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, died "suddenly" over the weekend.

The cause of death was not released, but The New York Times said it occurred while Goldberg and Sandberg were on vacation abroad. His brother Robert Goldberg revealed the news on Facebook Saturday morning.

Robert Goldberg and SurveyMonkey both used the phrase “passed away suddenly last night,” in describing Goldberg’s death on Friday, according to The Wrap.  Several media outlets in reporting on his passing said that a cause of death had not immediately been determined.

Sandberg, 45, and Goldberg were married in 2004 after first meeting in 1996, according to Us Weekly. Facebook's chief operating officer started the Lean In campaign that celebrated men who "lean in" for equality.

Before leading the online-questionnaire service, Goldberg founded Launch Media, an online music service in 1994 and then joined Yahoo in 2001 when it purchased Launched Media, reported the Wall Street Journal. He also had worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the venture capital firm Benchmark Capital.

SurveyMonkey grew from 12 employees to more than 450 since Goldberg joined the company in 2009, noted the Journal. SurveyMonkey was valued at nearly $2 billion after the company raised funds last year with hopes to get into the corporate market.

"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," said Robert Goldberg.

"I met Dave over 15 years ago and we immediately became the best of friends," Sandberg previously told Us Weekly. "He was the first person to show me the Internet, the kind of friend who shows up to help you move apartments ... and always made me feel like I was home no matter where I was. Years later, we dated, married, and now we have two amazing children."

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg issued condolences on Goldberg's passing, according to Us Weekly.


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