Shad Gaspard search called off

TMZ Sports is reporting that the United States Coast Guard has officially suspended the search for Shad Gaspard, the 39-year-old former WWE Superstar who went missing on Sunday off Venice Beach.

Gaspard and his 10-year-old son, along with some other swimmers, were caught in a riptide and pulled into the ocean. A rescue effort quickly got underway. Lifeguards reportedly reached Gaspard, who directed them to save his son first. As they did, a large wave reportedly hit him and he hasn’t been seen since.

It has been reported that a single boat is still out looking for him, though chances of finding Gaspard alive are quickly fading. The case will not be closed until a body is found.

After releasing a brief statement through WWE and AEW wrestlers asking for privacy, Gaspard’s family has issued a new statement through a representative today. The family thanked the first responders that rescued their son, Aryeh, and ask for positivity and prayers for Shad.

“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.”

On behalf of the staff of Wrestleview, we continue to join many others in sending positivity and prayers to the family of Shad Gaspard during this awful time.