Shad Gaspard's family has released a statement regarding his passing.
Gaspard passed away this week at the age of 39. He went missing on Sunday after being pulled under by a rip current in Venice Beach while swimming with his 10-year-old son. As lifeguards rushed to save him, Shad instructed them to save his son first, which they did. Shad's body was identified on Wednesday morning after washing ashore.
Shad's wife put out the following statement (via Ryan Satin)
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.
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 protectors, our warrior. He was a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many through his joyous and gracious nature.
The outpouring of love from Shad's friends, colleagues and fans has meant more to us than you can even imagine.
We'd like to once again thank the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their efforts.
Shad was and will always be our real life super hero.