Last Friday, COO of Facebook (and Jewish feminist superhero) Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly of traumatic brain injury following an exercising accident. The CEO of SurveyMonkey and father of two was 47.
Yesterday, Sandberg finally broke her silence, posting a public, several paragraph long tribute to her husband on her Facebook page. In it, she celebrated her favorite memories with her husband, and her words of sorrow will bring a tear to your eye.
“I want to thank all of our friends and family for the outpouring of love over the past few days. It has been extraordinary–and each story you have shared will help keep Dave alive in our hearts and memories.
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, planned fun outings, took me to temple for the Jewish holidays, introduced me to much cooler music than I had ever heard.
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. Most importantly, he gave me the two most amazing children in the world.
Dave was my rock. When I got upset, he stayed calm. When I was worried, he said it would be ok. When I wasn’t sure what to do, he figured it out. He was completely dedicated to his children in every way–and their strength these past few days is the best sign I could have that Dave is still here with us in spirit.”