The body of former wrestler-turned-actor Shad Gaspard was found on a California beach Wednesday morning, days after he went missing in the water, police confirmed to Highlight Hollywood.
The World Wrestling Entertainment star was 39.
A person called police after spotting Gaspard’s body at Venice Beach before 1:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said.
“The decedent was identified as Shad Gaspard and next of kin was noticed,” police said in a statement. Advertisement
Officials had launched a search for Gaspard on Sunday after he went missing while out for a swim with his son, Aryeh, at Venice Beach amid strong riptide currents.
In an update Wednesday, the Los Angeles Fire Department, Lifeguard Division tweeted that officials from multiple departments arrived at the scene shortly after 2 a.m. local time in response to “a report of a body along the shoreline that matches the description of Sunday’s missing swimmer.”
Gaspard went missing following an ocean rescue attempt by lifeguards at about 3:40 p.m Sunday, a source with the LAFD, Lifeguard Division confirmed Monday.
Lifeguards rescued a 10-year-old victim, the source said, while Gaspard’s wife, Siliana Gaspard, identified her husband as the missing swimmer on social media.
The source said Gaspard urged rescue officials to rescue his son first.
“The primary factor yesterday was the hazardous surf, with waves at four to six feet,” the lifeguard division source told The News. “We had strong lateral and strong rip currents through the entire Venice area. Our lifeguards were making hundreds of rescues.”
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