Wrestling world cannot believe tragedy surrounding Cryme Tyme’s Shad


Shad Gaspard was known for his time in WWE as part of Cryme Tyme

In absolutely terrible news, former WWE star Shad Gaspard, one half of the tag team Cryme Tyme with partner JTG, went missing after he, his 10-year-old son, and several other swimmers were reportedly caught in a riptide while swimming in the ocean at Venice Beach, California on Sunday.

TMZ reports the news, which thankfully says that Gaspard’s son was rescued by lifeguards who rushed the waters to pull people out. Gaspard, however, was not rescued.

Shad was part of Cryme Tyme in WWE
Shad was part of Cryme Tyme in WWE (Bleacher Report)

As if the report wasn’t already heartbreaking enough, TMZ reports that Gaspard told lifeguards to help his son first and was last seen when a wave crashed over him. A search was in progress using divers and helicopters, but it was called off later in the day.

Wrestling word at a loss

Several WWE superstars and alums weighed in when the news surfaced and expressed their hopes that he will be found. Whether it was Matt Hardy or Shane Helms, these professional wrestlers are holding out hope that this situation will end.

“I’m ABSOLUTELY Gutted right now!! Shad Gaspard is such a great human being. I can’t even start. Please keep Shad in your prayers,” professional wrestler Chavo Guerrero Jr. wrote after hearing the news.

Many people responded to him and expressed hope that Gaspard is still alive. Matt Hardy, who is with AEW, tweeted, “Thoughts are with Shad & his family.”

Santino Marella also expressed his disappointment saying

“I’m beyond sad today, I don’t normally ask for miracles often but please please please let this end well for @Shadbeast please pray or send ur thoughts if u have a spare moment”.


The family wanted privacy at the moment and a couple of wresters shared a statement too:

Reports also suggested that Shad told the lifeguards to first save his son and was swept away in a current.

Hopefully, there can be some good news and we can all pray for Shad’s family.

More WWE news

Follow our dedicated WWE page for instant WWE news and updates