Former tag-team partner JTG has posted one of the haunting final text messages he received from Shad Gaspard before his tragic death.
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Patrol officers were flagged down around 1:25 am by a person reporting that a body had washed ashore, a Police Department statement said.
He was identified as Gaspard and his family was notified.
Gaspard, 39, gained prominence in the WWE as one half of the tag-team group Cryme Tyme, along with his partner JTG.
As the rest of the WWE world mourned Gaspard’s death, JTG posted a screenshot of a touching text he received from Shad back in January.
“If ever I die tomorrow just know I love you as a brother and friend for ever even past this life,” Gaspard wrote, to which JTG replied: “Love you too brotha.”
Shad Gaspard praised as hero for saving son
Gaspard went missing last Sunday after he went swimming with his 10-year-old son, Aryeh.
The boy was rescued after Gaspard reportedly told lifesavers to help his son first, while several other swimmers also made it out of the water safely.
He was about 50 metres from shore when he was last spotted by a lifeguard, police said.
A wave crashed over him and he was swept out to sea.
His wife, Siliana Gaspard, issued a statement Tuesday thanking authorities and fans.
“We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their continued efforts to help find our beloved Shad,” the statement said.
After retiring from the WWE in 2010, Gaspard has had small roles on TV and in movies - including the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard.”
Tributes have been flowing in from around the wrestling world, with many praising Gaspard for his heroic final act to save his son.
The world has lost a wonderful human being. Shad Gaspard was a true HERO in every sense of the word. I’m keeping his family and loved ones in my prayers right now. We love you, Shad. pic.twitter.com/JaX6Ebk9LF
— NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) May 20, 2020
I join fans around the world as we remember Shad Gaspard as a beloved performer and a caring father. In absolutely tragic circumstances, please keep his loved ones in your thoughts. https://t.co/JibfmJJMcC
— Triple H (@TripleH) May 20, 2020
My prayers and hope for Shad Gaspard’s wife, son and family during this unthinkable time. Man, this is a tough one. A really tough one.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 20, 2020
My Love, Thoughts, Prayers and Support Go out to The Family of Shad Gaspard. Nothing will ever Fix the loss of a loved one. As a Universe We owe it to ourselves and to others to Be a Positive Light in this world as long as we can Because Nothing is Ever Guaranteed. #RIPSHAD ❤️🙏🏿
— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) May 20, 2020
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