The family of missing WWE star Shad Gaspard has spoken out about amid their search for him to thank his fans for all the support they have shown them.
"[Shad's] family appreciates all the love, support, and concern through this horrible ordeal."
Although it was initially noted in earlier statements that the family was not ready to make any official statements to the media and wished to have their privacy respected, the Gaspard family eventually issued another statement to media outlets, including PEOPLE.
In a heartfelt message, they thanked the first responders who recused Shad's son, Aryeh. They also acknowledged the efforts of the divers, lifeguards, coast guards, and police departments, who had been involved in his search.
"Shad is a fighter, a warrior and a magical soul. As a family we thank you all for your concern and well wishes."
Shad Gaspard and his wife Siliana Gaspard arrive on the red carpet at the SMASH Global Night Of Champions on December 13, 2018, in Hollywood, California | Source: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images
Leading up to his disappearance on Sunday,Shad and Arjeh
had joined a group of swimmers at Venice Beach, Los Angeles, when they were hit by strong currents while in the water. Lifeguards later rescued his ten-year-old.
However, Shad became submerged after a massive wave hit, and he went missing in the water. It is reported since the discovery of his body on May 20, his WWE co-stars have shared their grief over his death. Natalya Neidhart tweeted her condolence to Shad's family.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johson also took to Twitter to pay tribute to Shad and send support to his family. In a heartfelt message, he wrote:
"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."
Shad was part of the wrestling duo, named "Cryme Time" with his partner JTG. In a reminder of the friendship they shared, JTG posted a chilling screenshot on Instagram of a text conversation they had.
In the text, Shad mentions that if he was to die, he would also love JTG as a bother. The post has many fans showing him their support as he grieves the loss of his friend.
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