Sheryl Sandberg Says Goodbye to Her Husband in Memorial Service Attended by Hollywood and Tech Elite
Just hours after her husband Dave Goldberg's memorial service, Sheryl Sandberg posted a moving tribute on her Facebook page in which she described his death as “the darkest and saddest moments of my life.”
“We had eleven 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.”
Sandberg's post was similar to the eulogy she gave during a private memorial service at Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium, according to Associated Press, where some of the biggest names in the tech and entertainment industries were in attendance.
Among those at the Silicon Valley memorial were Oscar winner Ben Affleck, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, director George Lucas, Hewlett-Packard Chief Exec Meg Whitman, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Yelp CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman, and PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin. U2's Bono sang “One."
“Today we will put the love of my life to rest, but only his body,” Sandberg said. “His spirit and soul are still with us.”
She continued, “His amazing ability to give is still with it. It lives on in the stories people are sharing of how he touched their lives, in the love that is visible in the eyes of our family and friends, in the spirit and resilience of our children. Things will never be the same, but the world is better for the years my beloved husband lived.”
Sandberg has said her family has received “an outpouring of love” since her husband's death. More tributes have come in since his passing, including one from President Obama in a post on the White House Facebook page, stating that Mr. Goldberg “embodied the definition of a real leader.”
The 47-year-old Goldberg died from a head injury sustained after falling off a treadmill at a private resort in Mexico on May 1, according to reports.