WWE reacts to the death of former pro wrestler Shad Gaspard

Shad Gaspard attends an event at the Playboy Mansion on July 15, 2013.
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The wrestling world reacted Wednesday to the death of former WWE star Shad Gaspard, whose body was found early in the morning along the shore near the Venice Pier.

Gaspard, 39, was best known as half of the WWE tag-team group Cryme Time, along with his partner, JTG. He had been missing since Sunday afternoon, when he went swimming with his 10-year-old son, Aryeh, at Venice Beach.

“I join fans around the world as we remember Shad Gaspard as a beloved performer and a caring father,” WWE wrestler and executive Triple H tweeted. “In absolutely tragic circumstances, please keep his loved ones in your thoughts.”


Caught in a rip current, Aryeh was rescued and other swimmers made it safely to shore. But Gaspard was swept out to sea.

According to the WWE, Gaspard’s final act was instructing lifeguards to save his son.

“Shad died a hero, saving his son’s life. As a parent, there are no words to even explain that,” former wrestler Taz tweeted. “He was a really positive & funny guy every time we spoke, just a good dude. Prayers for his family during this horrible time.”

Here are some other reactions from around the WWE: