On Monday it was reported that Shad Gaspard had gone missing after he and his son were caught in a rip current in Venice Beach.
Gaspard directed lifeguards to save his 10-year-old son. Unfortunately, Gaspard has not been located.
Friends and peers took to social media to share tributes and respond to the news.
Shad Gaspard had a HUGE heart. He was like an annoying little brother at times. We often gave eachother a hard time, but always with love! He always had a big smile on his face and was ready to share a laugh! I have had a LOT of friends and colleagues die. This one hurts different. We shared this incredible moment together. I was angry at him for sharing it. When this video went viral and people expressed their reactions to OUR reaction I realized Shad made the right call. I called him to apologize for cussing him out. We laughed. He recently sent me some of the screenplays he was working on. He had big goals. Big plans. His final act on this earth was to give his life to save his son's. A son, a husband, a father, a friend. A hero...
This can’t be real. Praying for my Lil’ Brother @Shadbeast— Shelton J. Benjamin (@Sheltyb803) May 18, 2020
It will totally be Shad like Fashion thou to be Found on the Beach Alive With a Shark wrapped around him he Beat up for warmth!! Prayers needed this Dude is Legit and bodyguard to all! He lived his Son to the stars and back! Hopefully those stars are watching over shad to!! https://t.co/v5Bhvccuvr— Kevin "THORN" Fertig Realty (@TheKevinFertig) May 18, 2020
Praying non-stop. Please be okay, friend.---- #Shad— Sonny Kiss (@SonnyKissXO) May 18, 2020
Hearing about @Shadbeast is breaking my heart. I pray he is ok and I pray for his family! Please join me as Shad is such an incredible person who always lights up a room with his welcoming smile! Hope he’s ok ----— Lilian Garcia (@LilianGarcia) May 18, 2020
Thoughts are with Shad & his family. https://t.co/Uc8Cn0XZsn— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) May 18, 2020
Hoping they find shad safe. --— The HBIC (@MiaYim) May 18, 2020
Please be okay Shad! Please.— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) May 18, 2020
If you can help at all, please do:— “The Big LG” Doc Gallows (@The_BigLG) May 18, 2020
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Thinking of Shad Gaspard and his family.— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) May 18, 2020
Everyone please say a prayer for @Shadbeast and his family. Come home buddy. --— Wera Loca (@TheTayaValkyrie) May 18, 2020
.@shadbeast was a great guy w/ a BIG heart who radiated positivity. Always smiling. So welcoming. I enjoyed working w/ him & hanging at WaleMania. Once @reymysterio popped a highspot jumping on Shad's shoulders. Rey stayed there partying the night away like true champs. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/WwOM9zD6AE— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) May 19, 2020
Fightful will continue to update fans on the status of Gaspard as more is known.