Published On: Sat, May 2nd, 2015

Dave Goldberg, Survey Monkey CEO and Sheryl Sandberg’s Husband, Has Died at 47

The successful entrepreneur was eulogized on Facebook by his brother and Mark Zuckerberg.


Dave Goldberg and Sheryl Sandber Facebook

Dave Sanberg, Husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and CEO of the web survey company SurveyMonkey, died suddenly on Friday night. He was 47.

The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Goldberg founded SurveyMonkey in 2004. He also founded Launch Media Inc. in 1994 which was sold to Yahoo in 2001. After that he served as vice president and general manager of Yahoo Music.

Dave Goldberg and Sheryl Sandberg met in 1996 and married in 2004. They had two children together

His brother Robert revealed the news in a Facebook post earlier today. He wrote:

“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.

“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.”

Mark Zuckerberg posted, “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 profile, as his brother Rob suggests.”

SurveyMonkey said in a statement, “Dave’s genius, courage and leadership were overshadowed only by his compassion, friendship and heart. Our sympathy goes out to them and to all who were touched by this extraordinary man. We are all heartbroken.”

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