Coast Guard: Former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard Search Suspended After Accident

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2020

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Shad Gaspard attends the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard, TMZ Sports reported Tuesday.

According to the report, "at least one boat [was] still searching for Gaspard on Tuesday morning."

A representative for the Gaspard family issued a statement Tuesday, per TMZ Sports:

"We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coastguard, divers, fire and police departments for their continued efforts to help find our beloved Shad.

"Shad is a fighter, a warrior and a magical soul. We are hoping and praying for his safe return.

"As a family we thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Please continue to keep sending your positivity and prayers to our beloved Shad."

The 39-year-old went missing when he was caught in a riptide while swimming at Venice Beach in Los Angeles.

Gaspard was swimming with his 10-year-old son, Aryeh, who was also caught in the current, as were others. Lifeguards arrived at the scene, and Gaspard instructed them to rescue his son first. They were unable to reach Gaspard.

"When last seen by the lifeguard, a wave had crashed over Mr. Shad Gaspard and he was swept out to sea," the Los Angeles Police Department said, per CNN's Alicia Lee.

According to CBS Los Angeles, the Coast Guard and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department relied on divers and sonar in their efforts to find Gaspard.

Gaspard rose to prominence with WWE as half of the tag team Cryme Tyme. He last wrestled for the promotion in 2010.