A body found on L.A.’s Venice Beach was identified by the L.A. County Coroner as ex-WWE superstar Shad Gaspard.
According to TMZ the body was first seen on the beach by a citizen who called the police around 1:30 AM Wednesday.
The L.A. Fire Department held a news conference Wednesday morning, saying the body matches the description of Shad a 6’6″ black male over 240 lbs.
Gaspard went missing on Sunday afternoon when a group of swimmers, including Shad and his son, Aryeh, got 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.
Shad loved hanging out at the beach, and less than 2 weeks ago he’d posted a heartwarming vid walking through the sand and surf with Aryeh. Shad wrote, “Love the life I built for my self and my family.”
Shad is survived by his wife Siliana and their son. He died aged 39.