Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Reacts To Former WWE Star’s Shad Gaspard Death: This One Hurts
Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has spoken out about the unfortunate passing of his former WWE star Shad Gaspard, whose body was discovered on the shore of Venice Beach Wednesday (May 20). We previously reported that Shad Gaspard went missing after he and his son went swimming at Venice Beach, but got caught in a current. When lifesavers went out to rescue the pair, Shad Gaspard directed the guards to save his son first.
Before they could return, Gaspard was swept by a tide and was no longer able to be spotted. Two days later, the Los Angeles Fire Department called off the search for Gaspard, while his wife Siliana Gaspard pleaded for anybody with information on his whereabouts to reach out to her on social media. Unfortunately, his body was discovered and he was confirmed dead.
In his heartbreaking Instagram post to his dearly departed friend, Dwayne Johnson wrote:
This one hurts. Great guy. My deepest condolences and love to Shad Gaspard’s wife, son and family. Shad drowned in the ocean, but not before instructing lifeguards to save his 10yr old son first. That’s the love of a father. This is a tough one to process. Love and light to Shad’s family. And your warrior spirit lives on through your son.
The Rock’s loss comes just months after he mourned his father, WWE Hall of Famer Rocky “Soulman” Johnson. The Rock explained that he died of a massive heart attack. He was 75-years-old.
View this post on Instagram
I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high. #ripsoulman #rockyjohnson ?
Prayers for Shad Gaspard’s family, friends and loved ones!