Popular Silicon Valley executive Dave Goldberg did not die while exercising at a Four Seasons Resort in Mexico — nor was he even a guest there, hotel officials said.
It was reported early Monday that Goldberg, who was the husband of Facebook second-in-command Sheryl Sandberg, had died after “he fell off a treadmill and cracked his head open” while working out at the private resort.
But the 47-year-old tech veteran had actually been exercising inside a gym at the Palmasola, which is a private resort next door to the Four Seasons Punta Mita, according to a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Nayarit state.
Officials had told the New York Times that Goldberg died after he lost grip on the railings of a treadmill he was using at the Four Seasons, fell backward and hit his head. The local prosecutor’s office then said that the accident happened in a workout room in the Palmasola, which they thought was owned by the Toronto-based resort.
Guests who stay in one of their nine adjacent beachfront villas are also granted full access to the Four Seasons’ facilities, a spokesman said.
But officials at the Four Seasons eventually clarified that they do not in fact own the Palmasola — and shot down the possibility that Goldberg could have used a gym on their property.
“Four Seasons would like to clarify that, contrary to some media reports, the tragedy did not take place at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita,” a spokesman said in a statement. “I am able to confirm that the tragedy did not occur on-site at Four Seasons and that Mr. Goldberg was not in the Four Seasons gym.”
The resort added, “Mr. Goldberg was not a registered guest at our resort, villas or residences.”
Goldberg, who was the CEO of the website SurveyMonkey, is said to have died from head trauma and blood loss at a hospital in Nuevo Vallarta. There will not be a criminal investigation as there were no signs of violence, the prosecutor’s office said.
Photo: Getty ImagesMeanwhile, President Obama recalled Tuesday how Goldberg touched the hearts and lives of so many people before his tragic death on Friday.
“David Goldberg embodied the definition of a real leader — someone who was always looking for ways to empower others,” he wrote on the White House’s Facebook page, in a message signed “bo.”
“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 added. “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. We’re heartbroken by him leaving us far too soon – but we celebrate a remarkable legacy.”
The post struck a chord with Goldberg’s friend and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who replied, “Thank you for this beautiful tribute.”
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