Tributes are flowing in for 47-year-old Dave Goldberg of Menlo Park. The CEO of SurveyMonkey and the husband of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, he was on vacation in Mexico with his wife when he died unexpectedly on Friday.
"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," his brother Robert posted on Facebook Saturday morning.
According to the New York Times, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Nayarit State said Goldberg left his room at the Four Seasons Resort near Punta Mita around 4 p.m. on Friday, and apparently collapsed while exercising. He died of head trauma and blood loss, the spokesman said.
The Associated Press is reporting that he apparently fell from a treadmill, striking the back of his head.
Goldberg's brother, Robert Goldberg, reportedly found him on the floor of the gym at the resort at around 7 p.m. After being taken to the hospital with weak vital signs, Goldberg died, the spokesman told the New York Times.
Goldberg lived in Menlo Park, studied government at Harvard from 1985 to 1989, and was formerly associated with Benchmark Capital in Menlo Park and Yahoo, according to his Facebook page. SurveyMonkey, a company that provides online surveys and data analysis, is headquartered in Palo Alto. He was known as a tireless advocate for gender equality in and out of the workplace.
He met Sandberg in 1996, according to a post on her Facebook page:
"I met Dave over 15 years ago and we immediately became the best of friends. 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," she wrote.
The couple married eight years later. "... I wrote in 'Lean In' that the most important decision a woman makes is if she has a life partner and who that life partner will be. The best decision I ever made was to marry Dave."
Sandberg is the chief operating officer at Facebook.
Many tributes were posted online, with Silicon Valley luminaries expressing shock at his death and gratitude for the time they had together.
"Dave Goldberg was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know him," Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, posted on his Facebook page. "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 posted a brief statement on its website announcing Goldberg had died and offering its condolences.
"Dave's genius, courage and leadership were overshadowed only by his compassion, friendship and heart," the statement reads. "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."