The body of Shad Gaspar was found washed ashore on Venice Beach, three days after he went missing when a rip tide pulled him and his son Aryeh were caught in. His son was rescued at the time by life guards. The 39 year old husband and father wrestled in WWE from 2002-2010 primarily as part of the Cryme Tyme tag team.
The Associated Press reports that Gaspard was about 50 yards from shore when he was last spotted by a life guard when a wave crashed over him and he was swept out to sea.
Yesterday his wife released a statement expressing thanks for those searching for him. “We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their continued efforts to help find our beloved Shad,” the statement said.
UPDATE: officials confirm description of pro wrestler Shad Gaspard matches that of the body discovered after washing up on shore in Venice Beach. @FOXLA @GDLA @LACoLifeguards 💔 pic.twitter.com/1EGKkglcNf
— Mario Ramirez (@MarioFOXLA) May 20, 2020
WWE is saddened to learn that former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard has passed away at the age of 39. https://t.co/ngyuRpkjps
— WWE (@WWE) May 20, 2020
cont: And in your final act sacrificing yourself for your young boy.
You will always be remembered for your courage and selflessness!!
I love you brother pic.twitter.com/oZkIL3i91C
— Chris Masters (@ChrisAdonis) May 20, 2020
I will never forget your smile my brother! You were a Superman Father to your son in your final moment. Now your son has countless “fathers” in your brothers from this Biz. We will protect him for you as you watch down on us all. ❤️ 🙏🏻 God Rest @Shadbeast pic.twitter.com/CKbROyAMo7
— The Murderhawk Monster Lance Archer (@LanceHoyt) May 20, 2020