‘That’s The Love of a Father’: WWE Wrestler Died Saving His Son

Photo via Siliana Gaspard on Instagram

‘That’s The Love of a Father’: WWE Wrestler Died Saving His Son

By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor

WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard died by drowning after saving his son, Aryeh.

“This one hurts. Great guy,” said Dwayne Johnson. “My deepest condolences and love to Shad Gaspard’s wife, son and family. Shad drowned in the ocean, but not before instructing lifeguards to save his 10yr old son first. That’s the love of a father.”

Gaspard, 39, was found on the shore of Venice Beach, California, on Wednesday May 20, 2020, three days after he went missing.

NBC News reported:

The Los Angeles Fire Department’s lifeguard chief, Ken Haskett, told NBC News that the lifeguard tried to pull Gaspard and his son to safety.

“He was going to try to rescue both,” Haskett said. “But the father, in his last few words, said, ‘Save my son.'”

Gaspard pushed his son to the lifeguard, before “he got pushed back down under a wave, and that’s the last he’s been seen,” Haskett said.

He was about 50 yards offshore when a lifeguard saw that a “wave had crashed over Mr. Shad Gaspard and he was swept out to sea,” the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday. His son was found and did not require treatment at a hospital.

Gaspard’s wife, Siliana, said, “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.”

Gaspard’s family values seem to be a common theme among those who knew him well.


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Love the life I built for my self and my family.

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Gaspard also ventured into the Hollywood circles to act, similar to his WWE colleagues John Cena (PLAYING WITH FIRE) and Dwayne Johnson (SKYSCRAPER).

BBC reported, “After leaving WWE ten years ago, Shad Gaspard pursued an acting career in TV and films and had small roles in various movies including 2015’s Get Hard with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell.”

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“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 38:18 (NIV)