The wrestling world is in mourning after today it was confirmed that the body washed ashore in Venice Beach was that of Shad Gaspard, the former WWE Superstar who wrestled with JTG as Cryme Tyme.
WWE quickly posted an entry on the WWE.COM website, noting that everyone at WWE was saddened that Shad passed away and extended its condolences to Gaspard’s family, friends and fans. All Elite Wrestling also posted on Twitter writing, “AEW joins the wrestling world in mourning the death of Shad Gaspard, our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Those who knew him all described Gaspard as a family man and an amazing husband and father. Gaspard died a hero, making the ultimate sacrifice by instructing the lifeguards to save his 10-year-old son rather than himself.
His peers quickly took their condolences to Twitter to post about their friend and former colleague. His name, along with the hash tag #RIPShadGaspard, were top trending worldwide after news came out that the body found was identified as him.
Vince McMahon: “The thoughts of everyone at WWE are with Shad Gaspard’s family during this difficult time.”
Triple H: “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 Rock: “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. Great guy.”
Shane McMahon: “Saddened to hear the news of the passing of the “The Beast” Shad Gaspard. A hero even to the end, my thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. A great man in this world, you will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace, my friend.”
MVP: “Shad Gaspard had a HUGE heart. He was like an annoying little brother at times. We often gave each other 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 had a LOT of friends and colleagues die. This one hurts different. He had big goals. Big plans. His final act on this earth was to give his life to save his son’s. A son, a husband, a father, a friend.
Sasha Banks: “Sending my love and prayers to Shad loved ones during this time.”
Titus O’Neil: “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.”
Lilian Garcia: “I am sad to know that Shad is really gone but I am glad for the family that the body was found. Shad was such an amazing human with so much love for his family, friends and co-workers. I will miss you SO much Shad. Thk u for always making me feel special!
Mick Foley: “RIP Shad Gaspard. My heart goes out to Shad’s wife and child. My prayers that his memory will soothe their sadness over time.”
Natalya: “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.”
Tommy Dreamer: “I will miss your smile and your giant hug. You made everyone feel happy and safe. You are The Ultimate Father”
Taz: “Shad died a hero, saving his son’s life. As a parent, there are no words to even explain that. He was a really positive & funny guy every time we spoke, just a good dude. Prayers for his family during this horrible time.”
Naomi: “My heart is heavy praying for the entire Gaspard’s family.”
Big E: “Goodbye, my friend. My thoughts are with Shad’s family. I can’t fathom their loss.”
Christian: “He always greeted you with that big smile and a giant hug.. and always made sure others were accommodated.. The world lost a genuinely good man. My heartfelt condolences to his family.”
Trish Stratus: “So very sad about this. As a parent I cannot imagine this feeling… Love and the brightest light to you, Siliana. Sending you strength for you and your baby boy.”
Cody: “Never got the pleasure to know Shad too well personally, but I did have the opportunity to wrestle him countless times. He was beyond motivated and as a giant, took precautions to protect folks in the ring. I’m saddened by his passing, his last moments were as an undeniable hero.”
Frankie Kazarian: “I don’t know that this matters. But I feel compelled and very honored to do so. I’m dedicating my performance in this Saturdays Casino Ladder Match to Shad Gaspard and his family. A friend, gentleman and hero the likes we should all aspire to be.”
Lance Archer: “I will never forget your smile my brother! You were a Superman Father to your son in your final moment. Now your son has countless “fathers” in your brothers from this Biz. We will protect him for you as you watch down on us all.”
Ohio Valley Wrestling: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Shad Gaspard. Former OVW Tag Team Champion. Actor, husband, father, friend. We will miss you.”
Jerry Lawler: “Always enjoyed every minute being around and working with Shad Gaspard and Cryme Tyme. Always happy, always funny, always positive. You will be missed by many.”
Maryse: “This is so heartbreaking. Its really hard to believe it’s real and wrap our heads around this tragedy. The world lost an amazing soul and hero. We are sending all of our prayers to his wife and son!”
Mark Henry: “I’m going to miss my brother! Even when roasting me for my taste in shorts! Warrior award nominee a true Hero.”