Sheryl Sandberg Addresses Her 'Unexpected Hell'

Bono sings at packed Dave Goldberg memorial service
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2015 12:05 AM CDT
Sheryl Sandberg Shares Tribute to Late Husband
Mourners leave a memorial service for SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Stanford, Calif.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

(Newser) – "Dave was my rock," Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg writes in a moving tribute to husband Dave Goldberg. Her Facebook post yesterday about the 47-year-old tech entrepreneur marked her first public comments on his unexpected death last Friday, reports CNNMoney. "We had 11 truly joyful years of the deepest love, happiest marriage, and truest partnership that I could imagine," she writes. "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. Things will never be the same—but the world is better for the years my beloved husband lived." More:

  • "Even in these last few days of completely unexpected hell—the darkest and saddest moments of my life—I know how lucky I have been. If the day I walked down that aisle with Dave someone had told me that this would happen—that he would be taken from us all in just 11 years—I 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."

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Sandberg's Facebook post was drawn from remarks she gave at his memorial service yesterday, which was attended by many of Silicon Valley's most prominent figures, including Mark Zuckerberg and Meg Whitman, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Bono sang at the service at Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium, where many mourners wore Minnesota Vikings items in honor of Goldberg's favorite team, reports the AP. Earlier, President Obama paid tribute to Goldberg in a post on the White House Facebook page, saying Goldberg "embodied the definition of a real leader—someone who was always looking for ways to empower others." Officials in Mexico, where Goldberg was on vacation, say he died of head trauma after falling off a treadmill. (Read more Sheryl Sandberg stories.)

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