Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Shad Gaspard Passes Away, Body Found in The Sand - WWE Issues Statement

Shad Gaspard Passes Away, Body Found in The Sand
Shad Gaspard has passed away at the age of 39, his body was found in the sand on Venice Beach on Wednesday morning, near where Shad went missing on Sunday while swimming with his 10 year old son.


The discovery was made about halfway between the Venice Beach pier and the lifeguard headquarters by two people walking on the beach at around 1:30am local time, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson.

Gaspard went missing on Sunday after getting caught in a strong rip current with his son. He saved his son's life by instructing the first responding lifeguard to help him. Gaspard was then hit by a large wave that took him under, and that was the last time he was seen.

WWE issued the following updated statement on Gaspard's passing this morning:
Shad Gaspard passes away

WWE is saddened to learn that former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard has passed away at the age of 39.

Gaspard had gone missing while swimming with his son at Venice Beach in California on May 17. In his final act, Gaspard instructed lifeguards to save his son's life.

Gaspard was best known in WWE as one-half of Cryme Tyme with JTG. The fan-favorite duo memorably joined forces with John Cena during his 2008 rivalry with JBL, and competed for the WWE Tag Team Titles at SummerSlam 2009. Shad and JTG would later square off in heated fashion after a falling out in 2010.

Before entering the squared circle, Gaspard played basketball at Georgia Perimeter College. He was also a former bodyguard for P.Diddy, Britney Spears and Mike Tyson.

Admired by friends and colleagues for his warmth and humor, Gaspard was no stranger to heroic deeds. In 2016, he broke up an armed robbery in Coral Springs, Fla., pinning the suspect to the ground until police arrived.

Gaspard was also a multitalented individual, creating his own graphic novel and acting in several TV shows and films, including "Brothers" and "Think Like a Man Too."

WWE extends its condolences to Gaspard's family, friends and fans.

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