HUNDREDS of wrestlers and fans descended on Venice Beach yesterday to honour the late Shad Gaspard with his wife Siliana later sharing their sunset vigil.
The ex-WWE superstar was tragically caught in a rip tide last Sunday with his death aged 39 confirmed when his body was found and identified on Wednesday.
Friends of the former Cryme Tyme tag team member, including the other half of the popular duo JTG, and fans paid tribute to him on Friday alongside a floral memorial bearing his name as others laid flowers and wreaths.
Current WWE stars Kofi Kingston, Shelton Benjamin, Dolph Ziggler were all there to pay their respects, as was John Morrison and his IMPACT wrestling wife Taya Valkyerie.
Taya took to social media afterwards to say: “This week has been extremely hard. Tonight we came together to remember you @Shadbeast.
“You were there with us, smiling down on everyone that loves you. You impacted so many and tonight was proof of your power in life and beyond.”
Gaspard was spending a day at the beach in California with his family when the heartbreaking incident occurred.
It emerged afterwards that he heroically told lifeguards to concentrate on getting his 10-year-old son safely out of the ocean and back to shore after they fell into trouble.
But when they returned for Gaspard he could not be found. Search teams spent two days looking for him but then had to call time on their efforts to find him on Tuesday.
His body then washed up on Wednesday with his death confirmed later that day as his wife took to Twitter to pay homage to her late husband and thank fans and friends for their support.
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WWE paid homage to Gaspard on Wednesday’s NXT and last night’s SmackDown as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson led the tributes on social media.
He wrote: “This one hurts. Great guy. 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.
“This is a tough one to process. Love and light to Shad’s family. And your warrior spirit lives on through your son.”