Shad Gaspard, the 39-year-old wrestler best known for his work on the tag team Cryme Tyme, has gone missing in a riptide incident out in Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California. Rescuers were able to save his 10-year-old son.
Divers are getting back in the water to search for a father who got swept away in rip currents last night. TMZ has identified him as former #WWE star Shad Gaspard. His 10 yr old son was rescued. @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/rBpKiasD3G
— Tina Patel (@tina_patel) May 18, 2020
Gaspard and his son were part of a group that were caught in a riptide Sunday afternoon, according to TMZ. A witness said that the wrestler told lifeguards to save his child first.
The outlet said they were told that a large wave crashed on Gaspard. That was the last time he was seen.
Gaspard and colleague Jayson Anthony Paul (“JTG”) made names for themselves as Cryme Tyme, a tag team performing for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). That work relationship has continued through the years, even after they left the company.
Gaspard caught national attention in 2016 when he was credited with stopping a robbery at a gas station. He was asked how he ended up in the situation.
“Honestly, I was thirsty, and I wanted something to drink,” he told TMZ, laughing.
Responses to news of Gaspard’s disappearance ranged wide online, with tweets from former and current figures with the WWE, All Elite Wrestling, and pro-wrestling news media.
— Chavo Guerrero jr. (@mexwarrior) May 18, 2020
Hearing about @Shadbeast is breaking my heart. I pray he is ok and I pray for his family! Please join me as Shad is such an incredible person who always lights up a room with his welcoming smile! Hope he’s ok 🙏🏼
— Lilian Garcia (@LilianGarcia) May 18, 2020
Prayers for Shad. https://t.co/bY03N17hA2
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) May 18, 2020
“THE SHAD GASPARD,” wrote The Iron Sheik. “I LOVE YOU FOREVER.”
One of the nicest guys ever! If you’re a prayer warrior, please pray for Shad & his family! This is heartbreaking!💔 https://t.co/hvYE68OPQc
— $ McCool (@McCoolMichelleL) May 18, 2020
— Chris Masters (@ChrisAdonis) May 18, 2020
“This Shad Gaspard news has me shaking,” wrote Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. “Super friendly guy. I’m praying but man, it sounds horrible.”
Granny with Cryme Tyme, one of my favorite photos ever, from our 2014 Las Vegas Convention. The nicest guys. pic.twitter.com/w40Wy6Wgta
— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) May 18, 2020
[Screengrab via TMZ]
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