Shad Gaspard’s heartbroken wife pays tribute to WWE star in beach memorial

Shad Gaspard’s heartbroken wife led tributes to the WWE star in a beach memorial, days after he died saving their 10-year-old son when they were both swept out to sea in a rip current at Venice Beach. 

Shad’s widow Siliana – who had been married to Shad since 2009 – was seen joining friends, family, fans and loved ones on the LA beach where the hero dad lost his life earlier this week, in pictures obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com.  

Gaspard, 39, drowned after he and his 10-year-old son Aryeh were swept out to sea Sunday during what was supposed to be a relaxing family day at the beach. 

His body washed up on the shore three days later early Wednesday morning. 

Shad’s widow Siliana (pictured) was seen joining friends, family, fans and loved ones on the LA beach Friday night where the hero dad lost his life earlier this week

Siliana hugs a mourner while a man stands by her carrying a cardboard box and wearing a face mask

Siliana hugs a mourner while a man stands by her carrying a cardboard box and wearing a face mask 

Friends, family, fans and loved ones gathered on the LA beach where the hero dad lost his life earlier this week, in pictures obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com

Friends, family, fans and loved ones gathered on the LA beach where the hero dad lost his life earlier this week, in pictures obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com

Gaspard's father Ben Gaspard is also seen being led to the vigil held at Venice Beach by a fellow mourner

Gaspard’s father Ben Gaspard is also seen being led to the vigil held at Venice Beach by a fellow mourner

The wrestler had saved his son, throwing Aryeh to the lifeguard to be rescued after the two got into trouble in the water, an eyewitness exclusively told DailyMail.com Friday. 

Shad’s devastated family gathered for a memorial on the beach Friday night as the sun set over the sand. 

Siliana, 35, held back tears as she was pictured being hugged by mourners paying their respects to her late husband. 

The heartbroken widow was seen wearing a leopard print coat, black leggings and black heeled trainers. 

Their son Aryeh was not pictured at the memorial. 

Siliana, 35, held back tears as she was pictured being hugged by mourners paying their respects to her late husband

Siliana, 35, held back tears as she was pictured being hugged by mourners paying their respects to her late husband

The heartbroken widow was seen wearing a leopard print coat, black leggings and black heeled trainers. Their son Aryeh was not pictured at the memorial

The heartbroken widow was seen wearing a leopard print coat, black leggings and black heeled trainers. Their son Aryeh was not pictured at the memorial 

A flower wreath spells out the wrestler's name in the sand as the sun set Friday night

A flower wreath spells out the wrestler’s name in the sand as the sun set Friday night 

People gathered to pay tribute to the WWE star who tragically died this week during what was supposed to be a relaxing family day out at the beach

People gathered to pay tribute to the WWE star who tragically died this week during what was supposed to be a relaxing family day out at the beach 

A man wearing a face mask was stood by Siliana’s side carrying a cardboard box. 

Shad’s distraught father Ben was also seen on the beach, holding hands with a fellow mourner who led him to the vigil for his 39-year-old son.  

Candles were lit and placed in the sand next to flower wreaths spelling his name and photos of the WWE star celebrating his life. 

Fifteen photos were placed along the beach from Venice Pier to the spot midway towards the lifeguard post where his body was found

Fifteen photos were placed along the beach from Venice Pier to the spot midway towards the lifeguard post where his body was found

Mourners comforted Shad's devastated widow who tragically lost her husband at the beach on Sunday

Mourners comforted Shad’s devastated widow who tragically lost her husband at the beach on Sunday

One of the photos showed the family man with wife Siliana and son Aryeh who Shad helped save in the tragic accident

One of the photos showed the family man with wife Siliana and son Aryeh who Shad helped save in the tragic accident

Gaspard, 39, drowned after he and his 10-year-old son Aryeh were swept out to sea Sunday during what was supposed to be a relaxing family day at the beach

Gaspard, 39, drowned after he and his 10-year-old son Aryeh were swept out to sea Sunday during what was supposed to be a relaxing family day at the beach

Shad's family gathered for a memorial on the beach Friday night as the sun set over the sand

Shad’s family gathered for a memorial on the beach Friday night as the sun set over the sand

Fifteen photos were placed along the beach from Venice Pier to the spot midway towards the lifeguard post where his body was found. 

One of the photos showed the family man with both wife Siliana and son Aryeh on his shoulders as they all smiled happily at the camera. 

In another photo, the proud father is seen kissing son Aryeh – now 10 years old – on the head as a baby.

As the sun set on Venice Beach mourners remembered the WWE star who bravely risked his life to save his son

As the sun set on Venice Beach mourners remembered the WWE star who bravely risked his life to save his son

One photo shows the proud father kissing son Aryeh - now 10 years old - on the head as a baby

One photo shows the proud father kissing son Aryeh – now 10 years old – on the head as a baby

Siliana is pictured at the memorial. The couple's son Aryeh was not pictured at the vigil Friday night

Siliana is pictured at the memorial. The couple’s son Aryeh was not pictured at the vigil Friday night

Hope vanished when Shad's body washed up on the shore early Wednesday morning

Hope vanished when Shad’s body washed up on the shore early Wednesday morning

Siliana holds back tears as she leads the vigil to her late husband who died during a trip out to the beach

Siliana holds back tears as she leads the vigil to her late husband who died during a trip out to the beach

Other photos showed him in his wrestling poses from his time working for WWE and promo pictures from his new career as an actor. 

Shad and Aryeh got into difficulty in the sea last Sunday during a visit to the beach with Siliana.

A lifeguard managed to pull the young boy to safety but was unable to rescue Shad. 

Kenichi Haskett, Section Chief with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Services told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview Friday that the father died saving his son. 

Fifteen photos were placed along the beach from Venice Pier to the spot midway towards the lifeguard post where his body was found

Fifteen photos were placed along the beach from Venice Pier to the spot midway towards the lifeguard post where his body was found 

Some photos showed the star in his wrestling poses from his time working for WWE and promo pictures from his new career as an actor

Some photos showed the star in his wrestling poses from his time working for WWE and promo pictures from his new career as an actor

Shad's father Ben pictured at the vigil for his 39-year-old son, whose body washed up on the shore Wednesday

Shad’s father Ben pictured at the vigil for his 39-year-old son, whose body washed up on the shore Wednesday 

Multiple lifeguards tried to find the pro wrestler Sunday but were unable to save him and he drowned

Multiple lifeguards tried to find the pro wrestler Sunday but were unable to save him and he drowned

The Gaspard family are pictured in the photo set out on Venice Beach. Gaspard was best known as a member of the wrestling team Cryme Tyme with fellow WWE star JTG

The Gaspard family are pictured in the photo set out on Venice Beach. Gaspard was best known as a member of the wrestling team Cryme Tyme with fellow WWE star JTG

Since leaving the wrestling world in 2010, Gaspard pursued an acting career starring in several movies including Think Like A Man Too and the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy, Get Hard

Since leaving the wrestling world in 2010, Gaspard pursued an acting career starring in several movies including Think Like A Man Too and the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy, Get Hard

‘His main concern was the safety of his son. He did everything he could to protect his boy,’ he said.

Aryeh was about ’25-35 yards out when the lifeguard rescued him’ and Shad threw the boy to the lifeguard to save. 

When the lifeguard went back out to rescue Shad, the rip current had pulled him out an additional 50-65 yards, making him almost 100 yards off shore.

‘This all happened in just a moment’s notice,’ Haskett said. 

Hope vanished when Shad’s body washed up on the shore Wednesday. 

Siliana is pictured at the memorial Friday night, one day after she posted a moving tribute on social media to her husband

Siliana is pictured at the memorial Friday night, one day after she posted a moving tribute on social media to her husband 

The memorial was held on the same beach where the tragic accident unfolded Sunday when Shad and Aryeh were dragged out to sea

The memorial was held on the same beach where the tragic accident unfolded Sunday when Shad and Aryeh were dragged out to sea

Siliana (pictured at the vigil) was also on the beach at the time of the incident Sunday

Siliana (pictured at the vigil) was also on the beach at the time of the incident Sunday 

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.  

His widow paid tribute to her husband in a heartbreaking Instagram post Thursday, describing Shad as a ‘real life superhero’ and ‘a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many’.   

‘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. 

She continued: ‘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. 

Photos of Gaspard adorn the sand of Venice Beach in memory of the WWE star and father-of-one

Photos of Gaspard adorn the sand of Venice Beach in memory of the WWE star and father-of-one 

People gathered to look at the 15 photos commemorating the father-of-one, actor and wrestler's life

People gathered to look at the 15 photos commemorating the father-of-one, actor and wrestler’s life 

Mourners hug and comfort each other at Friday's vigil. Kenichi Haskett, Section Chief with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Services told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview Friday that the father died saving his son

Mourners hug and comfort each other at Friday’s vigil. Kenichi Haskett, Section Chief with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Services told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview Friday that the father died saving his son

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

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

‘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.’

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 on their only son, Aryeh, who was born in 2010. 

In WWE star Shad Gaspard's final moment, he threw his 10-year-old son Aryeh to a lifeguard to be rescued after the two were swept out to sea in a rip current at Venice Beach on Sunday, an eyewitness told DailyMail.com

In WWE star Shad Gaspard’s final moment, he threw his 10-year-old son Aryeh to a lifeguard to be rescued after the two were swept out to sea in a rip current at Venice Beach on Sunday, an eyewitness told DailyMail.com 

Early Wednesday morning, the 39-year-old's body washed up on the shore - three days after the wrestler went for a relaxed beach day with his wife Siliana and son. His widow, 35, took to Instagram Thursday, describing Shad as a 'real life superhero' and 'a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many'

Early Wednesday morning, the 39-year-old’s body washed up on the shore – three days after the wrestler went for a relaxed beach day with his wife Siliana and son. His widow, 35, took to Instagram Thursday, describing Shad as a ‘real life superhero’ and ‘a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many’

An eyewitness said: 'His main concern was the safety of his son. He did everything he could to protect his boy.' Aryeh was about '25-35 yards out when the lifeguard rescued him,' Kenichi Haskett, Section Chief with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Services told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview

An eyewitness said: ‘His main concern was the safety of his son. He did everything he could to protect his boy.’ Aryeh was about ’25-35 yards out when the lifeguard rescued him,’ Kenichi Haskett, Section Chief with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Services told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview

Siliana was seen with other devastated family members at Venice Beach on Wednesday, hours after Shad’s body washed up on the shore.  

On Tuesday, as Shad remained missing, Siliana issued a statement on Instagram on Tuesday thanking authorities for their efforts, while holding on to hope for her husband’s safe return. 

‘We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their continued efforts to help find our beloved Shad,’ the statement said.

‘Shad is a fighter, a warrior and a magical soul. We are hoping and praying for his safe return. As a family we thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Please continue to keep sending your positivity and prayers to our beloved Shad.’ 

Siliana Gaspard, 35, took to Instagram Thursday, describing late husband Shad as a 'real life superhero' and 'a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many'

Siliana Gaspard, 35, took to Instagram Thursday, describing late husband Shad as a ‘real life superhero’ and ‘a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many’

Shad Gaspard's wife, Siliana , was seen leaving Venice Beach being comforted by close friends after a tragic incident on Sunday. In a tribute post on Thursday, she described Shad as a 'real life superhero' and 'a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many'

Shad Gaspard’s wife, Siliana , was seen leaving Venice Beach being comforted by close friends after a tragic incident on Sunday. In a tribute post on Thursday, she described Shad as a ‘real life superhero’ and ‘a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many’

Tributes have poured in from wrestling stars including Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Titus O’Neill and Triple H. 

‘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.    

DailyMail.com was there as multiple lifeguards were on the scene on Sunday, along with divers, rescue boats, paramedics on standby, the coast guard flying back and forth and helicopters hovering over the crowded beach for nearly three hours. 

By the time the lifeguard went back out to rescue Shad, the rip current had pulled him out an additional 50-65 yards, making him almost 100 yards off shore. 'This all happened in just a moment's notice,' Haskett told DailyMail.com

By the time the lifeguard went back out to rescue Shad, the rip current had pulled him out an additional 50-65 yards, making him almost 100 yards off shore. ‘This all happened in just a moment’s notice,’ Haskett told DailyMail.com

Siliana remained on the beach Sunday evening and was seen staring out into the ocean while the coast guard conducted a search

Siliana remained on the beach Sunday evening and was seen staring out into the ocean while the coast guard conducted a search

'We had one of our lifeguards go out to make a double rescue of a father and a son,' Kenichi Haskett, Los Angeles County Fire Dept Lifeguard Division told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview

‘We had one of our lifeguards go out to make a double rescue of a father and a son,’ Kenichi Haskett, Los Angeles County Fire Dept Lifeguard Division told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview

‘I saw the young boy who was inconsolable and his mother who had her arms wrapped around him,’ said one onlooker. 

‘The whole thing was just heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking to see this mother and child in complete despair.’

Gaspard was best known as a member of the wrestling team Cryme Tyme with fellow WWE star JTG. 

Since leaving the wrestling world in 2010, Gaspard pursued an acting career starring in several movies including Think Like A Man Too and the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy, Get Hard.  

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