Sheryl Sandberg’s tribute to her late husband will break your heart

May 5, 2015 at 8:13 p.m. ET
Image: Facebook/Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg spoke out on Facebook about her husband's unexpected death. You'll definitely need to have tissues on hand for this one.

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"We had 11 truly joyful years of the deepest love, happiest marriage, and truest partnership that I could imagine..." Sandberg said in tribute to her husband, chief executive of SurveyMonkey, David Goldberg. "He gave me the experience of being deeply understood, truly supported and completely and utterly loved — and I will carry that with me always. Most importantly, he gave me the two most amazing children in the world."

Sandberg and Goldberg, as Facebook and SurveyMonkey lead power players, were considered one of Silicon Valley's most prominent couples.

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"As we put the love of my life to rest today, we buried only his body," Sandberg said at the end of her message. "His spirit, his soul, his amazing ability to give is still with us. It lives on in the stories people are sharing of how he touched their lives, in the love that is visible in the eyes of our family and friends, in the spirit and resilience of our children. Things will never be the same — but the world is better for the years my beloved husband lived."

You can read Sandberg's full statement below.


The cause of Goldberg's death has yet to be confirmed, but the New York Times is reporting that he collapsed while exercising and died of head trauma and blood loss. He and his wife were on vacation at a Mexico resort at the time.

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"Dave Goldberg was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know him," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg added on Facebook. "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."