Gaspard passed away earlier in the week at the age of 39. The WWE star and his son were part of a group of swimmers that were caught in a riptide just days ago.
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This one hurts. Great guy. My deepest condolences and love to Shad Gaspard’s wife, son and family. Shad drowned in the ocean, but not before instructing lifeguards to save his 10yr old son first. That’s the love of a father. This is a tough one to process. Love and light to Shad’s family. And your warrior spirit lives on through your son.
Johnson, who is also a father, stressed the family ties between Gaspard and those he left behind in his post. In Gaspard’s final moments, the father instructed lifeguards to save his 10-year-old son first.
In addition to his Instagram tribute, Johnson also remembered his late friend on Twitter, offering his thoughts and prayers to the wrestler’s wife and son.
My prayers and hope for Shad Gaspard’s wife, son and family during this unthinkable time. Man, this is a tough one. A really tough one.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 20, 2020
Johnson was one of many stars who offered condolences after Gaspard’s death, including Gaspard’s former partner, Jayson Anthony Paul who posted his own tribute to the late wrestler. Paul shared a video of Gaspard’s beachfront memorial which displayed a picture and candles in his memory.
— JTG (@Jtg1284) May 21, 2020
Fellow wrestler Paul Michael Levesque, better known as Triple H, offered his condolences, along with the WWE itself.
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
Titus O’Neil offered “love, thoughts, prayers and support” to Gaspard’s family going on to say he knows there’s nothing that could fix the loss they were experiencing.
The wrestler’s body was discovered on Wednesday which was days after he was last seen alive on Sunday according to The Daily Mail. Gaspard was reportedly visiting the beach with his wife and son when the accident occurred.
The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department were called to the beach and identified Gaspard about a mile from where he was seen swimming.
“The decedent was identified as Shad Gaspard and next of kin was notified,” LAPD said in a statement.
The Inquisitr previously reported that the wrestler began training to fight at the age of five and previously served as a bodyguard for celebrities such as Britney Spears, Puff Daddy, and Mike Tyson along with his wrestling career.
Aside from his professional time in the limelight, Gaspard turned heads in 2016 when he was instrumental in stopping an armed robbery in Coral Springs, Florida. Gaspard wrestled the armed thief to the ground and restrained him, removing his weapon before police arrived.
According to TMZ, Gaspard regularly spent time at the beach and was known to love the oceanfront view. The actor and on-screen wrestler is survived by his wife of 11 years and their 10-year-0ld son.