Tragic news has rocked the wrestling world today. Former WWE Superstar, Shad Gaspard, has died.
The wrestler went missing on Sunday afternoon while swimming with his 10-year-old son at Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
A person at the beach found the body along the shoreline around 1:25 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. An investigator with the coroner’s office confirmed the body was Gaspard’s, and the wrestler’s family has been notified, police said.
In a statement on Wednesday, the WWE said it was saddened to learn about his death and “extends its condolences to Gaspard’s family, friends and fans.”
Gaspard, 39, went missing Sunday afternoon while swimming with his 10-year-old son at Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
He was about 50 yards offshore when a lifeguard saw that a “wave had crashed over Mr. Shad Gaspard and he was swept out to sea,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday.
Gaspard’s son was found and did not require treatment at a hospital.
Chief Ken Haskett, with the fire department’s Lifeguard Section, told NBC News that the lifeguard tried to pull Gaspard and his son to safety.
“He was going to try to rescue both,” he said. “But the father, in his last few words, said, ‘Save my son.’ “
Gaspard pushed his son to the lifeguard, before “he got pushed back down under a wave, and that’s the last he’s been seen,” Haskett said.
The wrestler was part of the WWE team Cryme Tyme and, since he stopped wrestling, he has pursued an acting career, according to NBC Los Angeles. He appeared in the movies“Get Hard” and “Think Like A Man Too,” and the television shows “Big Time Rush” and “Key and Peele,” among others.
RIP Shad Gaspard…