The sad state of the media being what it is, some nasty rumors whipped around over the weekend regarding the cause of Dave Goldberg’s tragic death. That fire has been fueled by his family not yet having released a specific cause. The reason for the delay, say sources close to Goldberg’s family, including his wife, Sheryl Sandberg, is that they don’t yet know.
“Dave Goldberg was on vacation with family and friends in Mexico,” these sources said in a statement Monday morning. “He collapsed while exercising in the gym. Efforts to revive him at the gym and at a local hospital were unsuccessful.”
A source close to the family says it plans to release more information when it is available. The source didn’t say where in Mexico Goldberg died. As I wrote Saturday in a tribute to Goldberg’s remarkable life, he called me on the way to the airport Thursday morning as he and Sandberg were on their way out of town for a weekend getaway.
The family is hosting a private celebration of Goldberg’s life Tuesday. SurveyMonkey, the privately held company Goldberg ran for the last six years, hasn’t yet announced a replacement.