Shad Gaspard Missing After Beach Swim; Massive Lifeguard Search Takes Place (Updated)

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UPDATE 2: The family of Gaspard have released a statement thanking fans for their support and love. They’re not ready to make any further statements at this time.

UPDATE: On Wrestling Observer Live, host Bryan Alvarez says he received a text saying the search has been called off. We’ll update with more information as it comes in.

TMZ is reporting that former WWE star Shad Gaspard has gone missing after he and his 10-year oldson went for a swim at Venice Beach on Sunday. Gaspard’s son was rescued by a group of lifeguards in addition to other people caught in a powerful rip current at around 4 PM PST, but Gaspard is still unaccounted for. It was reported by one witness that Gaspard told the lifeguards to bring his son to safety first. According to accounts a big wave crashed down on Gaspard and that’s the last he was seen.

An official working with the Los Angeles Fire Department informed TMZ that they believe Gaspard “did submerge.” A video was shared today as rescuers have continued the search.

Gaspard has been busy with an acting career in Hollywood and even recently wrote a TV pilot titled “Pinfall,” pulling from aspects and stories from his WWE tenure.

We here at WrestleZone hope for Gaspard’s safe return and extend our deepest prayers and thoughts with his family at this time.

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