The entire wrestling world heard the unfortunate news that Shad Gaspard is no longer in this world. The WWE has released a statement on his death after his body was found off Venice BeachIn their statement, the company said:
“WWE is saddened to learn that former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard has passed away at the age of 39.“
Shad 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 first.
In addition to being a WWE Superstar, Shad had served as the bodyguard for the likes of Mike Tyson, Britney Spears and P-Diddy, before joining WWE where he competed as Tag Partner of Cryme Tyme.
Outside of the ring, Gaspard was also pursuing an acting career which included parts in Bollywood Movie Brothers alongside superstar Akshay Kumar and Think Like a Man too, and also had a role as an extra in the recent DC Comics Birds of Prey film.
WWE also released an article to remember Shad, and it’s safe to say that this hero will never be forgotten by the WWE, or Wrestling Universe.
The former Cryme Tyme Superstar was taken far too soon, but now some of his friends have figured out a way to help his family. The company Collar and Elbow have launched a new shirt based on the Cryme Tyme star, with 100% of the proceeds going to help Shad Gaspard’s family.
The shirt itself is based on a Mike Tyson shirt Shad himself wearing in the photo tweeted by Collar and Elbow, and reads “Brooklyn’s Own Beast Shad Gaspard Heavyweight Hero,” and given that Shad died saving his son, he certainly is a hero.
This wasn’t even the first time Gaspard risked his life to save others, as he also helped prevent a Gun attack at a Coral Springs Florida Gas Station.
Following news of Shad’s death being confirmed, many of his former colleagues paid tribute and expressed their condolences to the former WWE Superstar, and WWE’s legend star Mark Henry even argued that WWE should honor Shad’s life and sacrifice with the Warrior Award.
As fans know, the Warrior award is something that takes place during the company’s Hall of Fame Award Show, and if WWE takes note of Henry’s nomination, Shad will become the first wrestler to receive it.