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 / Updated  / Source: NBC News

Dave Goldberg, the chief executive of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, died Friday night, his brother announced Saturday.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a Facebook post from Goldberg's brother, Robert Goldberg, which said the 47-year-old father of two had "passed away suddenly last night." The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

Robert Goldberg asked that people respect the family's privacy and leave comments on Dave Goldberg's Facebook page in lieu of donations. "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," he wrote.

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

Sandberg and Goldberg married in 2004, according to a New York Times Wedding announcement. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and worked at several technology and music companies before starting at SurveyMonkey in 2009, according to his profile on the online survey company's website.

"Dave’s genius, courage and leadership were overshadowed only by his compassion, friendship and heart," said a SurveyMonkey statement posted on Facebook. "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."


— Elisha Fieldstadt