The WWE Universe was saddened to learn of the passing of Shad Gaspard, and many have honored his legacy and shared lasting memories.
Kofi Kingston shined a light on Gaspard’s inspiring personality and spirit by looking back at a moment the two recently shared together.
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Shad… I’ve struggled all day to find the words. Partially because a piece of me feels that if I stay in denial and I don’t acknowledge it, then it won’t be true. But alas, we have lost an amazing father, husband, son, loyal friend, and a brother in every sense of the word. • Instead of focusing on the “why” and the “how”, I’m choosing to honor Shad by focusing on the way he made me feel, the ways he made me laugh, and the many different ways in which he put a smile on my face. • This video and series of photos is from Walemania last year. As I stood there taking in the amazing energy of that crowd, I suddenly found myself rising rapidly into the air. I didn’t even have to look; I knew it was Shad unexpectedly hoisting me up, as he often did, this time onto his shoulders. My level of hype instantly increased tenfold. Shad was so genuinely excited for me. It was almost as if he transferred that energy through me. It was easily the pinnacle of a truly magical night. I won’t ever forget that moment, as it summed up what kind of person Shad was: one who always strived to lift his brother up. • I’ll never forget his heart and constant enthusiasm, his honesty, and his sheer authenticity as a human being. • Rest in paradise, my brother. Your selflessness will always be remembered. Thoughts, prayers and positive vibes to the Gaspard and Chittick family. ——— #ripshad #ripshadgaspard
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Actor Josh Brolin shared a touching tribute that highlighted the impact Gaspard had on the Venice, California community.
Many Superstars have also joined in recognizing the amazing impact Gaspard had on the WWE family.
I join fans around the world as we remember Shad Gaspard as a beloved performer and a caring father. In absolutely tragic circumstances, please keep his loved ones in your thoughts. https://t.co/JibfmJJMcC
— Triple H (@TripleH) May 20, 2020
RIP Shad ❤️🙏🏼 You truly have a magical soul. Always made everyone laugh and smile. You will be so missed by so many. You are truly a superhero, forever and always. So many thoughts, prayers, love and light to his family.
— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) May 20, 2020
“Save my son.” Incredible man and father. My love and prayers go out to the Gaspard family. Rest in love Shad.
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) May 20, 2020
I made so many funny memories with my brother as kids because of how entertaining Cryme Tyme was. Thank you for that, Shad.
Keeping all of his friends and family in my heart. ❤️
— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) May 20, 2020
My Love, Thoughts, Prayers and Support Go out to The Family of Shad Gaspard. Nothing will ever Fix the loss of a loved one. As a Universe We owe it to ourselves and to others to Be a Positive Light in this world as long as we can Because Nothing is Ever Guaranteed. #RIPSHAD ❤️🙏🏿
— Titus O’Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) May 20, 2020
The world has lost a wonderful human being. Shad Gaspard was a true HERO in every sense of the word. I’m keeping his family and loved ones in my prayers right now. We love you, Shad. pic.twitter.com/JaX6Ebk9LF
— NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) May 20, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family of Shad Gaspard. Always when I was around him a lovely, smiling man and his showing of the ultimate gesture to being a real man and father when it matters mean more than any words I could write.
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) May 20, 2020
The first time I went on the road with @WWE, @Shadbeast welcomed me with his trademark smile. Our shared Haitian background gave us an immediate connection point and from there he never ceased to greet me like family. You’re in God’s hands now Shad but you will always be missed. pic.twitter.com/sXn2cZm7A9
— Byron Saxton (@ByronSaxton) May 21, 2020
Be a person who brightens the room, be a person who finds the positive, be a person that does the right thing, be like Shad, I’m gonna look for the positive from this point forward, that’s what he’d want
— Santino Marella (@milanmiracle) May 21, 2020