The WWE community has been rocked by the terrible news that a former wrestler with the company has been found dead after going missing over the weekend. Shad Gaspard was found on Wednesday morning in Venice Beach, Calif. after reportedly rescuing his young son from a riptide.
According to local outlet KTLA, Gaspard went missing Sunday after going swimming with his 10-year-old son, who was caught in a riptide with Gaspard diving in to save him. As a result, Gaspard was swept out to sea and a search was launched immediately but did not yield in his recovery.
Gaspard was found by officials and identified in the early morning hours, this after a person walking on the beach discovered his body on the beach.
Hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., Gaspard was a member of the tag-team duo Cryme Tyme alongside Jason “JTG” Paul, also of Brooklyn. The pair wrestled for a period of around three years in the WWE, and the two were also tag team champions in the NWA Wildside league.
Across Twitter, wrestling fans and observers have offered their condolences to Gaspard’s family and friends. We’ve collected those responses below.
Shad Gaspard was 39.
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Shad Gaspard died to make sure that his son was rescued and taken to safety before himself.— ＪＭＸ (@ThexImiko) May 20, 2020
He died saving his sons life.
This is what a real man looks like. This is what a Hero looks like. This is what being a DAD looks like...#RIPShadGaspard pic.twitter.com/v53tSTLriF
RIP Shad Gaspard, he died saving his son.— Fiending For Followers ‼️ (@Fiend4FolIows) May 20, 2020
A true hero, thanks for the memories. pic.twitter.com/Wxxg9ycgmj
RIP Shad Gaspard, Thank You for being a part of my childhood memories.🙏 Rest easy big man. pic.twitter.com/AFDO7R87cb— 🐍Edwin (Legit Boss)🦋 (@Legit_CHAMP) May 20, 2020
"Don’t worry about being a big star, just focus on knowing your craft so you can be the best you can be, everything else will just fall into place" - Shad Gaspard pic.twitter.com/pui1Candmm— Brian Pillman (@FlyinBrianJr) 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— Natalie K. Neidhart (@NatbyNature) May 20, 2020
Shad Gaspard left this world a hero - in every sense of the word. Above anything else he did during his time here, he is going to be remembered for his actions as a father, and that is an incredible legacy to leave behind.— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) May 20, 2020