David Goldberg, 47, SurveyMonkey CEO and husband of Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, suddenly passed away on Friday night.
“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 Goldberg confirmed on Facebook.
David joined SurveyMonkey in 2009. The company is based in Palo Alto, California.
“Dave’s genius, courage and leadership were overshadowed only by his compassion, friendship and heart,” SurveyMonkey said in a statement.
The cause of David’s death has not yet been confirmed.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg described Goldberg as “an amazing person.”
“I am glad I got to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with Sheryl and her family,” Zuckerberg wrote.
Sandberg, who was away, flew back to the U.S. on Saturday morning.
“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.”
SurveyMonkey mourned the death of Goldberg. “Dave’s genius, courage and leadership were overshadowed only by his compassion, friendship and heart.”
Sheryl Sandberg once wrote about their remarkable bonding. She wrote how a “lack of spousal support” can hurt a woman’s career.
“My career and marriage are inextricably intertwined,” she wrote, while calling Goldberg “a true partner.”