Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg took to the social media site on Tuesday, May 5, to pay tribute to her late husband, Dave Goldberg, who died at age 47 last Friday, May 1. In her first public comments about his death, the widowed mother of two recalled her relationship with Goldberg over the last two decades, describing him as her "rock" and her "best friend."
Sandberg and Goldberg were married for 11 years before his death — years she describes in her post as full of "the deepest love, happiest marriage, and truest partnership" she could imagine. "Dave and I did not get nearly enough time together," she wrote. "But as heartbroken as I am today, I am equally grateful."
She went on to say that even if she had known when they said "I do" that she would lose him so soon, she "would still have walked down that aisle. Because 11 years of being Dave Goldberg's wife, and 10 years of being a parent with him is perhaps more luck and more happiness than I could have ever imagined. I am grateful for every minute we had."
As previously reported by The New York Times, Goldberg died of head trauma after he collapsed in the gym at a private resort in Mexico, where he was vacationing at the time.
Per the Times, the SurveyMonkey CEO was laid to rest at a memorial service in Stanford, Calif., on May 5. The paper reports that around 1,700 people gathered to pay their respects to the Silicon Valley exec, who is survived by his wife and two children.
Read Sandberg's full, moving tribute to her husband below.
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