The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed on Wednesday that former WWE star Shad Gaspard has passed away at just 39-years-old.
On Sunday afternoon at Venice Beach, Gaspard was with his son and a group of swimmers who found themselves in deep water to the point where lifeguards had to rescue the swimmers. Gaspard told them to take his son first, which was when he was hit with the riptide and disappeared.
Gaspard’s body washed up on the beach early this morning and matched the description of Gaspard. For more on that, click here.
Here is a small sample of some of the reactions from people in the wrestling business:
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) 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
I know we weren’t really close but the funny thing is every time we saw each other and spoke you would think we were boys since childhood. I know a good heart when I see one and you my friend had a Good Heart. RIP SHAD. pic.twitter.com/dycZ6Rrnxx
— THE REAL WORLD CHAMPION (@TheMooseNation) May 20, 2020
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
WWE is saddened to learn that former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard has passed away at the age of 39. WWE extends its condolences to Gaspard’s family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/cQDlDgQCHh
— WWE (@WWEIndia) 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
— Leah Van Dale (@CarmellaWWE) May 20, 2020
Sending my love and prayers to Shad loved ones during this time. #RIPShadGaspard
— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) May 20, 2020
— Karl Anderson (@MachineGunKA) May 20, 2020
— Dean Muhtadi (@MojoRawleyWWE) 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
— Apollo (@WWEApollo) May 20, 2020
— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) May 20, 2020
Goodbye, my friend.
My thoughts are with Shad’s family. I can’t fathom their loss.
— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) May 20, 2020
My heart is heavy praying for the entire Gaspard’s family pic.twitter.com/3VGbptAHbn
— Trinity Fatu (@NaomiWWE) May 20, 2020