A passerby spotted a body that had washed ashore on Venice Beach, and notified police.
“The decedent was identified as Shad Gaspard,” police said. His family members have been notified.
“When last seen by the lifeguard, a wave had crashed over Mr. Shad Gaspard and he was swept out to sea,” the department said.
The boy was rescued.
The US Coast Guard, Los Angeles County lifeguards and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department all looked for the swimmer, said Trina Schrader, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department. The search was suspended Tuesday afternoon.
Gaspard is best known for being a member of the wrestling team Cryme Tyme with fellow WWE star JTG, which debuted in 2006.
CNN has requested comment from representatives for the Gaspard family.