Update: A person at the beach found WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard’s dead body on along the shoreline around 1:25 a.m on Wednesday, the wrestler’s family has been notified, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“@lacolifeguards @LACOFD @LAPDHQ respond to #VenicePier to a report of a body along the shoreline that matches the description of Sunday’s missing swimmer, ” The Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division tweeted early Wednesday.
In a statement on Wednesday, the World Wrestling Entertainment said, “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.”
Former WWE star Shad Gaspard went missing while swimming at California’s Venice Beach on Sunday afternoon with his 10-year-old son.
WWE Star Shad Gaspard Goes Missing During A Swim With His 10-year-old Son At California’s Venice Beach | Shad Gaspard Found Dead After Going Missing:
Ex-WWE superstar Shad Gaspard, who is best known as a member of the wrestling team Cryme Tyme with fellow WWE star JTG, was swimming with his 10-year-old son late Sunday afternoon, when the father and son were pulled out with the rip current.
Shad Gaspard and his son were among a group of swimmers, who apparently got caught in some strong rip currents.
Shad Gaspard was last seen in the water with his son about 4 p.m. Sunday.
Lifeguards went in and Gaspard’s son was rescued but they were then unable to locate the 39-year-old father.
Shad Gaspard’s 10-year-old Son was unharmed and did not require hospitalization, the boy later walked off the beach with an adult friend for about fifteen minutes, while his mother Siliana Gaspard remained on the beach painstakingly staring out into the ocean.
Rescue boats in the water and helicopters hovering over the crowded beach, looked for the missing pro wrestler but called off the search about 8 p.m.
Shad Gaspard Was With His Son And Wife Siliana Gaspard At The Beach | Shad Gaspard Disappeared In The Water Near Venice Beach:
According to witness, another big wave crashed down on Gaspard and he went disappear in the water, officials believed that Shad Gaspard, 39, did submerge.
Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguard specialist Pono Barnes said, “It’s not very safe to dive during night time hours,” and the search is resuming Monday for the missing 39-year-old swimmer.
Shad Gaspard was at the beach that day with his 10-year-old son and his wife Siliana.
Shad married wife Siliana Gaspard in 2009 and they share one son together.
His wife Siliana has reached out on her husband’s Instagram Story for any information sharing a post, that reads: “‘Missing As of May 17th 2020… Last seen at Marina Del Rey Beach’ As well as providing contact details,” she added: “If you have seen Shad, please message me. Please don’t flood me asking what happened. We want to know if he’s been seen and where. Thank You.”