TORONTO – Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg opened up about the sudden death of her husband and SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg in an emotional Facebook post Tuesday.
“I met Dave nearly 20 years ago when I first moved to LA. He became my best friend. He showed me the internet for the first time,” Sandberg wrote, thanking friends and family for the “outpouring of love” in the days since her husband’s death.
“We had 11 truly joyful years of the deepest love, happiest marriage, and truest partnership that I could imagine… He gave me the experience of being deeply understood, truly supported and completely and utterly loved – and I will carry that with me always.”
Goldberg died after suffering severe head trauma in an exercise accident last Friday. He was found lying next to a treadmill on Friday at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita near Puerto Vallarta.
The 47-year-old worked for a number of tech companies throughout his career including Yahoo. He joined SurveyMonkey in 2009.
In 2004, Goldberg married Sandberg, another longtime tech executive who now serves as Facebook’s chief operating officer.
Sandberg launched an international conversation about the dearth of women in positions of power with her 2011 book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.” In it, Sandberg wrote of the adjustments she and her husband had to make to manage two high-profile careers while raising two children.
“Dave and I did not get nearly enough time together. But as heartbroken as I am today, I am equally grateful. Even in these last few days of completely unexpected hell – the darkest and saddest moments of my life – I know how lucky I have been,” Sandberg said.