The Los Angeles County Coroner has identified the body found on Venice Beach, CA as ex-WWE superstar Shad Gaspard.
The body was first seen on the beach by a citizen who called police around 1:30am Wednesday according to law enforcement. The body was recovered right near Venice Pier.
The Los Angeles Fire Department held a news conference Wednesday morning, saying the body matches the description of Shad, a 6’6″ Black male over 240 lbs.
Shad, 39, first went missing on Sunday afternoon when a group of swimmers, including Shad and his son, Aryeh, were caught in a rip current south of the Pier.
Shad heroically told lifeguards to focus on getting his 10-year-old son to shore safely, but when they returned he’d gone under.
Police and Coast Guard boats and divers searched the rough water for nearly 2 days before suspending their efforts.
He was one-half of the popular WWE tag team, Cryme Time, along with his partner, JTG. He was also a regular at the legendary Gold’s Gym in Venice, and as we learned firsthand … a truly great guy.
Shad is survived by his wife Siliana and their son.
He was 39. RIP