As the U.S slowly begins to open up after coronavirus hit its shores, tragedy struck this past weekend as former WWE superstar Shad Gaspard was lost at sea.
Gaspard, 39, was at Marina Del Rey Beach in California with his wife and son Sunday after it opened. Gaspard and his child were among swimmers caught 50 feet from shore by a rip current. When rescuers reached the scene, Gaspard told them to help his son first before another wave swept over him.
When I got to shore, 2 surfers were pointing and screaming, a scream I’ll never forget and I realized there’s another person drowning. I could see him bobbing next to the surfers so I pointed and directed a guard towards the surfers outside the break. The guard went in, the surfers continued to wave and eventually more and more search people came out. Once I saw people in snorkels, which was probably about 10 minutes in, it was obvious he wasn’t probably going to turn up alive…”
The poster went on to mention Gaspard’s family. “I saw the mom hear her husband not turn up and saw her run down the beach looking for him, and I saw a kid sitting on a shoreline with a look he knew that they were past the point of finding his friend’s dad alive. It was harrowing to see the reality unfold in a family a loved one didn’t return from the ocean. ” User martianlawrence said.
Shad married wife Siliana Gaspard in 2009 and the couple had a son together. The wife was seen at the beach with what is assumed to be friends and family consoling her until around 12:30pm, the period when the rescue station closes down. The son reportedly left 30 minutes prior with an adult and young boy.
Shad Gaspard A Superstar On The Big & Small Screen
Gaspard is most notable for his work with tag partner JTG as apart of Cryme Tyme in WWE. He wrestled for them from 2006 until 2010, after which he pursued a career in acting. He’s worked on films such as Birds of Prey to playing Muhammad Ali in The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time.
Gaspard is featured in a viral video of him and current WWE wrestler M.V.P celebrating. The two are seen emotionally embracing after Kofi Kingston’s WM35 WWE Championship win, which many see as the first black competitor to hold the belt in its 57 years.
The performer also did the mocap work for Kratos in God of War(2018) and Bane in Batman: The Enemy Within(2016). He made headlines outside entertainment as well for stopping an armed robbery in 2016. His fellow wrestlers took to Twitter to comment, some even fearing the worst.
This can’t be real. Praying for my Lil’ Brother @Shadbeast
— Shelton J. Benjamin (@Sheltyb803) May 18, 2020
Very sorry & sad to hear about the disappearance of @Shadbeast today. He was a fun cat and I always had a blast working with him. This clip is from a title match that @wwethebigshow & I had vs #ShadGaspard &… https://t.co/m4URn9IlxD
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) May 18, 2020
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… https://t.co/YC1VaiEAoi
— MVP (@The305MVP) May 18, 2020
Id like to end the night by breaking Kayfabe. I really somehow hope there is a positive outcome to the Shad Gaspard incident. The world is a shitty enough place right as it is without losing another one of our wrestling family. Shad our thoughts are with you and your family. ? X
— Vince McMahon. (@VinceMc_Mahon) May 19, 2020
The US Coast Guard suspended its search earlier today, two days after the wrestler disappeared after was pulled out to sea. The family is asking anyone who sees Gaspard to contact them or immediately call the authorities. We’ll update you as more news breaks regarding the incident.
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