Former WWE tag team wrestler and current Slamforce Africa wrestler, Shad Gaspard went missing on Sunday, 17 May, while visiting the newly re-opened Venice Beach with his son.
Gaspard, 39 years old, best known for his work in professional wrestling and his stint in the WWE from 2006 to 2010, alongside his friend and business partner, JTG, as the tag team duo named Cryme Tyme. Gaspard also appeared in films “Think like a Man” and “The Last Sharknado”, recently signed a 1 year contract, alongside JTG with Slamforce Africa to wrestle and compete as their famous Cryme Tyme duo, while helping to re-build a stronger and better professional wrestling industry across Africa.
The duo was to make their Slamforce Africa debut on 28 May 2020, at SFA02, before the world was crippled by the novel Covid-19 virus.
Gaspard took his son swimming at the newly re-opened Venice Beach in Los Angeles, where the incident occurred.
According to Pono Barnes, an ocean lifeguard specialist currently employed with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, confirmed that two swimmers, a man in his 30s and a young boy, were caught in rip current , the young boy was rescued. Gaspard however was submerged again, after a lifeguard got hold of him before a wave broke them apart.
A massive search is currently underway to find Gaspard, and the US Coastguard, Los Angeles County Lifeguards and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office have all committed to search parties. Trina Schrader, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office commented, “We’re using all resources to try to recover him as soon as possible.”
Gaspard was last seen at Marina del Rey Beach, Venice Beach, Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, social media is being flooded with love and support by friends, family and former colleagues, actors, professional wrestlers and people whom have gotten to know Gaspard.
If any information in regards to Gaspard is known, or if he has been seen or found, the family has requested that 911 be called immediately and the family be notified via Direct Message on Instagram.
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