Celebrities like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the Bella Twins and many more have shared tributes to former WWE star Shad Gaspard after his body was found. He was 39.
“This one hurts,” the 48-year-old actor and former professional wrestler Johnson captioned his post and picture Wednesday of the two on Instagram. “Great guy. My deepest condolences and love to Shad Gaspard’s wife, son and family.” (RELATED: Jennifer Lawrence Is The Highest Paid Actress For Second Year In A Row)
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“Shad drowned in the ocean, but not before instructing lifeguards to save his 10yr old son first,” he added. “That’s the love of a father. This is a tough one to process. Love and light to Shad’s family.”
“The Jumanj: Welcome to the Jungle” star continued, while sharing that Gaspard‘s “warrior spirit lives on through your son.(RELATED: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Considers Running For Office)
Legendary wrestler Triple H tweeted in response to the heartbreaking news, “I join fans around the world as we remember Shad Gaspard as a beloved performer and a caring father. In absolutely tragic circumstances, please keep his loved ones in your thoughts.” The comments were noted by the Sun.
I join fans around the world as we remember Shad Gaspard as a beloved performer and a caring father. In absolutely tragic circumstances, please keep his loved ones in your thoughts. https://t.co/JibfmJJMcC
— Triple H (@TripleH) May 20, 2020
The former WWE star’s former tag-team partner Titus O’Neill shared, “My Love, Thoughts, Prayers and Support Go out to The Family of Shad Gaspard.”
My Love, Thoughts, Prayers and Support Go out to The Family of Shad Gaspard. Nothing will ever Fix the loss of a loved one. As a Universe We owe it to ourselves and to others to Be a Positive Light in this world as long as we can Because Nothing is Ever Guaranteed. #RIPSHAD
— Titus O’Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) May 20, 2020
RIP Shad You truly have a magical soul. Always made everyone laugh and smile. You will be so missed by so many. You are truly a superhero, forever and always. So many thoughts, prayers, love and light to his family.
— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) May 20, 2020
WWE’s thoughts are with the family of Shad Gaspard. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/uBk0Qo9lXt
— WWE (@WWE) May 19, 2020
Sending my love and prayers to Shad loved ones during this time. #RIPShadGaspard
— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) May 20, 2020
My heart is heavy praying for the entire Gaspard’s family pic.twitter.com/3VGbptAHbn
— Trinity Fatu (@NaomiWWE) May 20, 2020
The world has lost a wonderful human being. Shad Gaspard was a true HERO in every sense of the word. I’m keeping his family and loved ones in my prayers right now. We love you, Shad. pic.twitter.com/JaX6Ebk9LF
— NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) May 20, 2020
Shad’s wife issued a statement Tuesday obtained by Fox News thanking everyone for their support as search efforts for the former wrestler were scaled back after he and his 10-year-old son went missing while out for a swim at Venice beach over the weekend.
“We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their continued efforts to help find our beloved Shad,” the statement read.
“Shad is a fighter, a warrior and a magical soul,” the statement added. “We are hoping and praying for his safe return. As a family we thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Please continue to keep sending your positivity and prayers to our beloved Shad.”
As previously reported, Gaspard is probably best known for his time in the ring back when he made up one half of the team Cryme Tyme with professional wrestler JTG, also known as Jayson Anthony Paul or “The Neighborhoodie.”