Dave Goldberg, 47, was on vacation with his family and friends at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita near Puerto Vallarta, a large development with two hotels and numerous private residences close to Puerto Vallarta in southwest Mexico.
According to sources familiar with the matter, the CEO of SurveyMonkeys left his apartments around 4 p.m. on Friday, and later he was found severely injured after collapsing while exercising. He died of head trauma and blood loss, said the spokesman.
His brother, Robert Goldberg, who found the 47-year-old on the floor of a gym at around 7 p.m. said that there’s lots of blood near the body. The spokesman said it appeared “he fell off the treadmill and cracked his head open.”
Goldberg was found with a 1.18-inch gash in his head, and efforts to revive him at the gym and hospital were unsuccessful, though he was still alive when he was found.
Dave Goldberg left behind his wife of 11 years, who has not commented on her husband’s death, and their two children.
On Saturday, Facebook founder and friend of the family Mark Zuckerberg posted a tribute on his social network, urging people to leave tributes of their own on Goldberg’s Facebook profile.
He wrote: “Dave Goldberg was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with Sheryl and her family.”
Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, described the passed away as one of the ‘most generous’ people he ever knew.
In his post on Twitter he wrote: “Devastated to hear about loss of @davegoldberg. One of kindest & most generous friends I’ve known. My heart goes out to Sheryl & his family.”
Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington also referenced Goldberg’s death. She posted an excerpt from Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg’s book about women in the workplace.
In the passage Facebook COO described her husband as ‘my best friend, closest advisor, dedicated coparent and the love of my life’ – words Huffington said were ‘more moving and poignant than ever’.
His death was first announced in a social media post by Goldberg’s brother, Robert, on Saturday.
“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,” he wrote.
“In this time of sorrow, we mourn his passing and remember what an amazing husband, father, brother, son and friend he was. 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.”
In her bestselling book Lean In, Sandberg also spoke about the importance of her marriage with Goldberg.
She said a ‘lack of spousal support’ can damage a woman’s career, saying: “My career and marriage are inextricably intertwined”. The woman also referred to the father of her two children as ‘a true partner’.