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Dave Goldberg, CEO of survey site SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, has tragically passed away at the age of 47.

Mark Zuckerberg says that Goldberg died during a vacation with his wife Sheryl. His brother, Robert Goldberg, shared the news via Facebook, saying:

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.

Sheryl, who is listed as the world’s ninth most powerful woman, wrote about her husband in her best-selling book Lean In.

When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date of all of them: the bad boys, the cools boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.

She shared this message with her Facebook friends recently:

I wrote in Lean In that the most important decision a woman makes is if she has a life partner and who that life partner will be. The best decision I ever made was to marry Dave.

We pray for Sheryl and her family during this devastating time.


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