The devastated widow of former WWE star Shad Gaspard has paid tribute to her late husband who drowned after being swept out to sea at Venice Beach.
Siliana Gaspard, 35, took to Instagram, describing Shad as a ‘real life superhero’ and ‘a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many’.
Shad, 39, was swimming at Venice Beach with his 10-year-old son Aryeh on Sunday when a riptide pushed the pair out from the shore. Lifeguards were able to rescue Aryeh, but the wrestler was subsequently swept further out into the ocean. His lifeless body washed up on the shore early Wednesday morning.
Siliana – who had been married to Shad since 2009 – shared a photo of her late husband to Instagram accompanied by her heartbreaking tribute.
‘Aryeh, myself and the Gaspard and Chittick families would like to take this time to thank everyone for their prayers and support, as we mourn the terrible loss of our beloved Shad,’ she wrote.
‘Shad was our whole world and we were his. There are not enough words to describe what he means to all of us. He was our heart, our soul, our protector, our warrior. He was a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many through his joyous and gracious nature.’
Siliana continued: ‘The outpouring of love from Shad’s friends, colleagues and fans has meant more to us than you can even imagine.’
She also made sure to thank ‘the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments’ who spent days searching for Shad before his body washed up on the shore.
Siliana signed off her heartbreaking post by speaking directly to her late beau.
‘I love you more, my love,’ she wrote.
The couple frequently shared loving photos to social media together, and doted their only son, Aryeh, who was born in 2010.
Siliana was seen with other devastated family members at Venice Beach on Wednesday, hours after Shad’s body washed up on the shore.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said Gaspard was found on the surfline at 2600 Ocean Walk – one mile north from where he was believed to have drowned on Sunday.
His body was identified and transported to the LA County Coroner’s office, Kenichi Haskett, Section Chief with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Services said.
Meanwhile, tributes have poured in from wrestling stars including Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Titus O’Neill and Triple H, after news broke of the discovery.
‘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. Great guy,’ The Rock tweeted.