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Shad Gaspard’s widow pays tribute to WWE star who drowned

The devastated widow of former WWE star Shad Gaspard has paid tribute to her late husband who drowned after being swept out to sea at Venice Beach. 

Siliana Gaspard, 35, took to Instagram Thursday, describing Shad as a ‘real life superhero’ and ‘a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many’.

Shad, 39, was swimming at Venice Beach with his 10-year-old son Aryeh on Sunday when a riptide pushed the pair out from the shore. Lifeguards were able to rescue Aryeh, but the wrestler was subsequently swept further out into the ocean. His lifeless body washed up on the shore early Wednesday morning. 

Siliana – who had been married to Shad since 2009 – shared a photo of her late husband to Instagram Thursday accompanied by her heartbreaking tribute. 

‘Aryeh, myself and the Gaspard and Chittick families would like to take this time to thank everyone for their prayers and support, as we mourn the terrible loss of our beloved Shad,’ she wrote. 

Siliana Gaspard, 35, took to Instagram Thursday, describing late husband Shad as a 'real life superhero' and 'a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many'.

Siliana Gaspard, 35, took to Instagram Thursday, describing late husband Shad as a 'real life superhero' and 'a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many'.

Siliana Gaspard, 35, took to Instagram Thursday, describing late husband Shad as a ‘real life superhero’ and ‘a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many’.

Siliana - who had been married to Shad since 2009 - shared a photo of her late husband to Instagram Thursday accompanied by her heartbreaking tribute

Siliana - who had been married to Shad since 2009 - shared a photo of her late husband to Instagram Thursday accompanied by her heartbreaking tribute

Siliana – who had been married to Shad since 2009 – shared a photo of her late husband to Instagram Thursday accompanied by her heartbreaking tribute

‘Shad was our whole world and we were his. There are not enough words to describe what he means to all of us. He was our heart, our soul, our protector, our warrior. He was a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many through his joyous and gracious nature.’

Siliana continued: ‘The outpouring of love from Shad’s friends, colleagues and fans has meant more to us than you can even imagine.’

She also made sure to thank ‘the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments’ who spent days searching for Shad before his body washed up on the shore. 

Siliana signed off her heartbreaking post by speaking directly to her late beau. 

‘I love you more, my love,’ she wrote. 

The couple frequently shared loving photos to social media together, and doted only their only son, Aryeh, who was born in 2010.  

Shad was swimming at Venice Beach with his 10-year-old son Aryeh  (pictured) on Sunday when a riptide pushed the pair out from the shore. Lifeguards were able to rescue Aryeh, but the wrestler was subsequently swept further out into the ocean

Shad was swimming at Venice Beach with his 10-year-old son Aryeh  (pictured) on Sunday when a riptide pushed the pair out from the shore. Lifeguards were able to rescue Aryeh, but the wrestler was subsequently swept further out into the ocean

Shad was swimming at Venice Beach with his 10-year-old son Aryeh  (pictured) on Sunday when a riptide pushed the pair out from the shore. Lifeguards were able to rescue Aryeh, but the wrestler was subsequently swept further out into the ocean

The couple frequently shared loving photos to social media together, and doted only their only son, Aryeh, who was born in 2010. The family is pictured in 2018

The couple frequently shared loving photos to social media together, and doted only their only son, Aryeh, who was born in 2010. The family is pictured in 2018

The couple frequently shared loving photos to social media together, and doted only their only son, Aryeh, who was born in 2010. The family is pictured in 2018 

Siliana is pictured with Aryeh in a social media snap. Siliana was seen with other devastated family members at Venice Beach on Wednesday, hours after Shad's body washed up on the shore

Siliana is pictured with Aryeh in a social media snap. Siliana was seen with other devastated family members at Venice Beach on Wednesday, hours after Shad's body washed up on the shore

Siliana is pictured with Aryeh in a social media snap. Siliana was seen with other devastated family members at Venice Beach on Wednesday, hours after Shad’s body washed up on the shore

Siliana was seen with other devastated family members at Venice Beach on Wednesday, hours after Shad’s body washed up on the shore.  

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said Gaspard was found on the surfline at 2600 Ocean Walk – one mile north from where he was believed to have drowned on Sunday.   

His body was identified and transported to the LA County Coroner’s office, Kenichi Haskett, Section Chief with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Services said. 

Haskett revealed Gaspard had been pulled out about 75 to 100 yards off shore in just a moment’s notice.  

Happy together: Siliana and Shad are pictured together in 2018

Happy together: Siliana and Shad are pictured together in 2018

Happy together: Siliana and Shad are pictured together in 2018 

On Tuesday, as Shad remained missing, Siliana issued a statement on Instagram on Tuesday thanking authorities for their efforts, while holding on to hope for her husband’s safe return. 

‘We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their continued efforts to help find our beloved Shad,’ the statement said.

‘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.’

Meanwhile, tributes have poured in from wrestling stars including Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Titus O’Neill and Triple H, after news broke of the discovery. 

‘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. Great guy,’ The Rock tweeted.    

DailyMail.com was there as multiple lifeguards were on the scene on Sunday, along with divers, rescue boats, paramedics on standby, the coast guard flying back and forth and helicopters hovering over the crowded beach for nearly three hours. 

‘I saw the young boy who was inconsolable and his mother who had her arms wrapped around him,’ said one onlooker. ‘The whole thing was just heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking to see this mother and child in complete despair.’

Gaspard was best known as a member of the wrestling team Cryme Tyme with fellow WWE star JTG. 

Since leaving the wrestling world in 2010, Gaspard pursued an acting career starring in several movies including Think Like A Man Too and the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy, Get Hard.  

Gaspard's wife Siliana Gaspard shared a statement on Instagram on Tuesday, thanking authorities for their efforts, while still holding on to hope

Gaspard's wife Siliana Gaspard shared a statement on Instagram on Tuesday, thanking authorities for their efforts, while still holding on to hope

Gaspard’s wife Siliana Gaspard shared a statement on Instagram on Tuesday, thanking authorities for their efforts, while still holding on to hope 

Source: dailymail US

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