Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, arrives with her husband David Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, for the first day of the Allen and Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho in this July 9 2014 file photo. Picture: REUTERS
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, arrives with her husband David Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, for the first day of the Allen and Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho in this July 9 2014 file photo. Picture: REUTERS

MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO — SurveyMonkey CE Dave Goldberg died on Friday from a head injury while exercising at a resort in Mexico, the local prosecutor’s office said on Monday.

Goldberg, the husband of , fell off a treadmill at a private villa in Punta Mita and hit his head, the prosecutor’s spokesman said.

Goldberg’s brother found him on the floor of the villa gym showing signs of life, the spokesman said. Goldberg was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The spokesman said that Ms Sandberg was on vacation with Goldberg and went to the hospital. Facebook declined to comment on behalf of Ms Sandberg.

No criminal investigation was planned as there were no signs of violence, the spokesman said.

He said the accident happened at the Palmasola at the Four Seasons Resort, a private nine-bedroom beachfront villa, which gives guests access to the facilities of the Four Seasons. Punta Mita is located near the Mexican west coast holiday town of Puerto Vallarta.

Goldberg’s brother announced his death on Saturday morning via a Facebook post, and SurveyMonkey also put out a short statement.

One of Silicon Valley’s most admired entrepreneurs, Goldberg was known for his low-key demeanour and the grace and good humour with which he handled being married to one of the US’s most recognisable executives.

Under his leadership, privately held poll-taking company SurveyMonkey grew into a $2bn business.

A memorial service for Goldberg will be held on Tuesday at Stanford University, according to friends of the family.

Reuters

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