“Shad was our whole world and we were his,” said Siliana Gaspard in a statement. “There are not enough words to describe what it means for all of us. It was our heart, our soul, our protector, our warrior. It was a luminous force of nature, which brought joy to many through its joyful nature and kind. “
He said that the “outburst of love” from friends, colleagues and fans around the world “has meant more to us than you can even imagine.”
“Shad was and always will be our superhero in real life,” he said.
Gaspard, 39, disappeared on Sunday after swimming in nearby Marina Del Rey with his 10-year-old son Aryeh. The two had been caught in a violent current, lifeguards said.
Aryeh was rescued, but Gaspard’s body was unable to be located until he was found on Venice Beach in early Wednesday, a week after its beaches reopened.
The beaches, which now allow for physical activities such as running, swimming and walking, had been closed to combat the spread of the new coronavirus.
A Twitter account for the The Los Angeles County fire department’s lifeguard division said
they performed 452 ocean bailouts on the weekend Gaspard disappeared, marking “an intense weekend on the beach”.
Gaspard is known for being a member of the Cryme Tyme wrestling team with fellow WWE star JTG, who made his debut in 2006. After leaving WWE in 2010, he embarked on an acting career and appeared in the movies “Think Like a Man Too “and” The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time ” according to IMDb