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Sheryl Sandberg tributes late husband with emotionally-charged Facebook post


By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

May 6, 2015 | 3 min read

Sheryl Sandberg has branded her late husband her "rock" as she opened up on the tragedy which claimed his life via a Facebook post, underlining the wider role the social network plays in society with regards to paying tribute to the deceased.

Following the tragic death of her husband Dave Goldberg, chief executive of Survey Monkey, last Friday in a treadmill accident, Sandberg, who is Facebook’s chief operating officer, discussed how the loss has hit her in addition to Goldberg’s lasting legacy.

She said: “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.”

She concluded: “Things will never be the same – but the world is better for the years my beloved husband lived.”

The full post is readable below. To date it has received 267,000 likes, over 9,000 comments and 13,327 shares.

I want to thank all of our friends and family for the outpouring of love over the past few days. It has been...

Posted by Sheryl Sandberg on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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