Shad Gaspard

Shad Gaspard’s Body Located; WWE Releases Statement On His Passing

Multiple sources are sadly reporting that a body has been found washed ashore on LA’s Venice Beach and that the County Coroner has identified it as of Shad Gaspard, the former WWE wrestler who went missing on Sunday afternoon while swimming with his family. TMZ reports that the body was first found on the beach by a citizen who called police at 130 AM today and that officers responded immediately and recovered the body close to Venice Pier. The LA Fire Department then noted that the body matched the description of Gaspard – as a 6’6″ black male over 240 lbs.

WWE released the following statement:

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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