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'Dave Was Sheryl's Biggest Fan,' Says Family Friend and Author Adam Grant

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In a touching tribute to Sheryl Sandberg’s late husband, Wharton professor and author Adam Grant remembered Dave Goldberg as a man whose “goodness moved us even more than his greatness.”

Grant, who has co-authored a series of New York Times articles with Sandberg on women in workplace, paid tribute to Goldberg in a LinkedIn op-ed on Sunday.

“Dave was Sheryl’s biggest fan,” he wrote. “When she was writing Lean In, she didn’t want to put her picture on the cover or share her personal stories. She wanted the book to be about progress for women, not about her. Dave knew the movement needed a champion. It needed a human face and voice. He encouraged her to lean in.”

Goldberg died unexpectedly after reportedly suffering severe head trauma in an exercise accident on May 1 at the age of 47. “I don’t believe this happened for a reason, but it has given us all a reason to be more present parents, more loving spouses, more supportive friends, and more caring leaders,” added Grant.

“The overwhelming sentiment from everyone who knew Dave is that he inspired us to be better human beings. And he had that effect on us throughout his life, long before we lost him.”

Concluded Grant: “He loved his family with all his heart, and he knew they loved him the same way.”

Sandberg, 45, composed her own tribute to her late husband on Facebook last Tuesday. “Things will never be the same,” the Facebook Chief Operating Officer wrote. “But the world is better for the years my beloved husband lived.”