We don’t know for sure that Shad Gaspard died on Sunday, swept out into the Pacific Ocean after directing rescuers to help his son before they worried about him. But tragically, that’s the logical assumption many of us are making more than 36 hours into a thus far unsuccessful search for the 39 year old wrestler, actor, husband and father.
It’s the sad premise MVP was operating under when he posted the viral video of the moment he and Gaspard shared watching Kofi Kingston win the WWE title at WrestleMania 35, and wrote a heartfelt tribute to his friend.
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Shad Gaspard had a HUGE heart. He was like an annoying little brother at times. We often gave eachother a hard time, but always with love! He always had a big smile on his face and was ready to share a laugh! I have had a LOT of friends and colleagues die. This one hurts different. We shared this incredible moment together. I was angry at him for sharing it. When this video went viral and people expressed their reactions to OUR reaction I realized Shad made the right call. I called him to apologize for cussing him out. We laughed. He recently sent me some of the screenplays he was working on. He had big goals. Big plans. His final act on this earth was to give his life to save his son's. A son, a husband, a father, a friend. A hero...
That pretty much says it all.