Former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard Missing After Getting Caught in Riptide at Venice Beach

Former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard has gone missing after being last seen going for a swim at Marina del Rey in Venice Beach, California. aspard and his 10-year-old son were among swimmer caught in a strong rip currant around 4pm on Sunday. Lifeguards rushed to the scene to pull everyone out, safely rescuing Gaspard's son, but were unable to reach him before he was submerged by a large wave. Divers were sent into the area to search for him on both Sunday and Monday but were unsuccessful in finding him

"One witness at the scene tells us ... when lifeguards raced into the ocean, Gaspard directed rescuers to help his son first, which they did," TMZ reports. "During the rescue, we're told another big wave crashed down on Gaspard -- and that's the last time he was seen."

Gaspard's family released a statement late Monday night via various wrestlers' Twitter accounts.

Gaspard is known well to WWE fans for his tenure as one half of the Cryme Tyme tag team duo, where he wrestled alongside JTG. His professional wrestling career launched in 2002 when he made a run on Tough Enough. He did not win the reality competition series but was approached by the WWE (WWF, at the time) and given an opportunity through trials in WCW Power Plant and Ohio Valley Wrestling. He departed the WWE in 2010 to pursue an acting career, appearing in titles which include Think Like a Man Too, Get Hard, The Game, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, and Birds of Prey.

(Photo: Shad Gaspard on Instagram)

The above photo was posted to Gaspard's story on Instagram, showcasing what he was last seen wearing.

The LA Fire Department has described Gaspard as last seen at Marina Del Rey Beach, 6' 7", and weighing 265 pounds. Anyone who has seen him is asked to call 911 or contact his family.