The body of former WWE superstar Shad Gaspard was recovered Wednesday morning on Los Angeles' Venice Beach. Gaspard and his 10-year-old son, Aryeh, went swimming Sunday and were pulled under by the strong currents. Aryeh was rescued.
Gaspard, best known as half of the WWE tag team Cryme Tyme, left the world of professional wrestling in 2010 and set his sights on writing, acting and, most importantly, his family. Gaspard told the lifeguard to save his son before trying to help him. When the lifeguard returned, he said, he saw Gaspard go under and never resurface.
With news of Gaspard's disappearance and death, the wrestling world reacted to the loss of one of its own.
My prayers and hope for Shad Gaspard's wife, son and family during this unthinkable time. Man, this is a tough one. A really tough one.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 20, 2020
The thoughts of everyone at WWE are with Shad Gaspard's family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/dLRnF6oElX— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) May 19, 2020
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Shad Gaspard had a HUGE heart. He was like an annoying little brother at times. We often gave eachother a hard time, but always with love! He always had a big smile on his face and was ready to share a laugh! I have had a LOT of friends and colleagues die. This one hurts different. We shared this incredible moment together. I was angry at him for sharing it. When this video went viral and people expressed their reactions to OUR reaction I realized Shad made the right call. I called him to apologize for cussing him out. We laughed. He recently sent me some of the screenplays he was working on. He had big goals. Big plans. His final act on this earth was to give his life to save his son's. A son, a husband, a father, a friend. A hero...
A hero. You'll be remembered as nothing less than a hero. Heartbroken. 💔 pic.twitter.com/p3DFs3gbQs— Kazeem Famuyide 🍎 (@Kazeem) May 20, 2020
Never did the meaning "brother "mean more to me than it did with #ShadGaspard. I'll never forget the day Shad posted these pics of us early 20 something-year-olds,& illustrating our pathway through life's accomplishments & into fatherhood side by side 4 20 years!I love u brother pic.twitter.com/jJSDCuWnk5— Matt Morgan (@BPmattmorgan) May 19, 2020
I've never seen that face without a smile.💔🖤 RIP Shad. pic.twitter.com/jtYSTGdOGg— Daria Berenato (@SonyaDevilleWWE) May 20, 2020
I just read the awful news about Shad Gaspard. I can't imagine what his family is going through. My thoughts go out to them.— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) May 18, 2020
Along with everyone else, I hoped that Shad would make it home safe. Rest In Peace, Shad Gaspard, knowing that your son is alive because of your sacrifice.— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) May 20, 2020
This is just terrible news about Shad Gaspard being missing. I am thinking and praying for Shad, his family, and all those who love him— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) May 18, 2020
THE SHAD GASPARD I LOVE YOU FOREVER— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) May 18, 2020