President Obama posted a personal message on the White House Facebook page to mourn the death of David Goldberg and remember his life.
“David Goldberg embodied the definition of a real leader – someone who was always looking for ways to empower others,” Obama wrote. “He was generous and kind with everybody, and cared less about the limelight than making sure that the people he worked with and loved succeeded in whatever they did.”
Obama praised also Goldberg for creating jobs and acting as a role model for others. Goldberg’s wife, Sheryl Sandberg, is the Chief Operating Officer for Facebook and has hosted a fundraiser on Obama’s behalf. She also served on Obama’s White House jobs council.
Goldberg and Sandberg were married in 2004 and have two young children. He died at age 47.
“His skills as an entrepreneur created opportunity for many; his love for his family was a joy to behold, and his example as a husband and father was something we could all learn from,” Obama wrote. “We’re heartbroken by him leaving us far too soon – but we celebrate a remarkable legacy.”
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg thanked Obama for his words.
“Thank you for this beautiful tribute,” he commented on Obama’s Facebook post.