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SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, dies

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) -- SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, one of Silicon Valley's most high-profile entrepreneurs and the husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, has died unexpectedly at the age of 47, his brother said Saturday. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

"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," Robert Goldberg wrote on his Facebook account. "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."

SurveyMonkey confirmed Goldberg's death in a brief statement, saying the company was deeply saddened. "Dave's genius, courage and leadership were overshadowed only by his compassion, friendship and heart. 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," the statement said.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, writing on his own Facebook page, also expressed his sadness at Goldberg's passing. "David Goldberg was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with Sheryl and her family," he said.

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