Home / National News / What Caused Dave Goldberg's Sudden Death


(NEW YORK) — The death of Dave Goldberg, the CEO of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, was caused by severe head trauma and blood loss after he slipped and fell off a treadmill, Mexican authorities said on Tuesday.

Goldberg, 47, died last Friday in the Hospital of San Javier, near the Four Seasons Hotel he and his family were staying at in Punta Mita, the attorney general of Mexico’s state of Nayarit told ABC News in a statement.

The treadmill accident happened at the hotel’s gym, where Goldberg injured his head on the right side and suffered a 3-centimeter wound, officials said.

The Silicone Valley executive was found by his brother, who alerted emergency services, officials added.

Goldberg died in the hospital after suffering severe head trauma and hypovolemic shock (significant blood loss), authorities said.

Hypovolemic shock is a condition that occurs when someone experiences severe blood loss, causing the heart to be unable to pump blood. It can be caused by internal or external bleeding, burns, excessive perspiration, diarrhea or vomiting, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The attorney general’s office also said it had “exhausted all lines of inquiry in relation to this case.”

Although there aren’t many studies of treadmill injuries, there were over 70,000 injuries related to exercise equipment, 66 percent of which occurred on treadmills, between 2007 and 2011, according to the British Medical Journal.

About 5 percent of all all exercise equipment injuries resulted in hospitalization or death, the BMJ added.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Recent posts in National News