The wrestling industry has began reacting to the recent passing of former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard.
Gaspard passed away at age 39. His body was recovered this past Wednesday morning after he went missing while swimming on Sunday afternoon. He and his 10-year-old son were swimming when a riptide pulled them, along with other swimmers out into the ocean.
Gaspard has been deemed a hero, as he demanded that the lifeguards save his son first, which they did.
Reactions include JTG, Gaspard’s tag team partner. The two were best known together as Cryme Tyme, in which they were portrayed as an over-the-top parody of the stereotypical street thugs.
— JTG (@Jtg1284) May 21, 2020
The first time I went on the road with @WWE, @Shadbeast welcomed me with his trademark smile. Our shared Haitian background gave us an immediate connection point and from there he never ceased to greet me like family. You’re in God’s hands now Shad but you will always be missed. pic.twitter.com/sXn2cZm7A9
— Byron Saxton (@ByronSaxton) May 21, 2020
My prayers and hope for Shad Gaspard’s wife, son and family during this unthinkable time. Man, this is a tough one. A really tough one.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 20, 2020
I join fans around the world as we remember Shad Gaspard as a beloved performer and a caring father. In absolutely tragic circumstances, please keep his loved ones in your thoughts. https://t.co/JibfmJJMcC
— Triple H (@TripleH) May 20, 2020
I HAVE THE TIME OF MY LIFE WITH THE SHAD, JTG, JOHN MORRISSON AND THE FAMILY. I NEVER FORGET HIM GOD BLESS HIM pic.twitter.com/L1agDb7hup
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) May 20, 2020
“Save my son.” Incredible man and father. My love and prayers go out to the Gaspard family. Rest in love Shad.
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) May 20, 2020
Shad died a hero, saving his son’s life. As a parent, there are no words to even explain that. He was a really positive & funny guy every time we spoke, just a good dude. Prayers for his family during this horrible time. #RIPShadGaspard 🙏 pic.twitter.com/qD5GkNUyje
— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) May 20, 2020
My Love, Thoughts, Prayers and Support Go out to The Family of Shad Gaspard. Nothing will ever Fix the loss of a loved one. As a Universe We owe it to ourselves and to others to Be a Positive Light in this world as long as we can Because Nothing is Ever Guaranteed. #RIPSHAD ❤️🙏🏿
— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) May 20, 2020
The world has lost a wonderful human being. Shad Gaspard was a true HERO in every sense of the word. I’m keeping his family and loved ones in my prayers right now. We love you, Shad. pic.twitter.com/JaX6Ebk9LF
— NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) May 20, 2020
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) May 20, 2020
Never got the pleasure to know Shad too well personally, but I did have the opportunity to wrestle him countless times. He was beyond motivated and as a giant, took precautions to protect folks in the ring. I’m saddened by his passing, his last moments were as an undeniable hero. pic.twitter.com/D8K5NpDxzb
— Cody (@CodyRhodes) May 20, 2020
View this post on Instagram
Shad… I’ve struggled all day to find the words. Partially because a piece of me feels that if I stay in denial and I don’t acknowledge it, then it won’t be true. But alas, we have lost an amazing father, husband, son, loyal friend, and a brother in every sense of the word. • Instead of focusing on the “why” and the “how”, I’m choosing to honor Shad by focusing on the way he made me feel, the ways he made me laugh, and the many different ways in which he put a smile on my face. • This video and series of photos is from Walemania last year. As I stood there taking in the amazing energy of that crowd, I suddenly found myself rising rapidly into the air. I didn’t even have to look; I knew it was Shad unexpectedly hoisting me up, as he often did, this time onto his shoulders. My level of hype instantly increased tenfold. Shad was so genuinely excited for me. It was almost as if he transferred that energy through me. It was easily the pinnacle of a truly magical night. I won’t ever forget that moment, as it summed up what kind of person Shad was: one who always strived to lift his brother up. • I’ll never forget his heart and constant enthusiasm, his honesty, and his sheer authenticity as a human being. • Rest in paradise, my brother. Your selflessness will always be remembered. Thoughts, prayers and positive vibes to the Gaspard and Chittick family. ——— #ripshad #ripshadgaspard