The WWE universe was saddened to learn of the death of Shad Gaspard, and many honored his legacy and shared lasting memories.
Kofi Kingston highlighted Gaspard’s inspiring personality and spirit by remembering a moment that the two recently shared together.
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Shad … I had a hard time finding the words all day. Partly because a part of me feels that if I stay in denial and don’t recognize it, then it won’t be true. But alas, we have lost an incredible father, husband, son, loyal friend and brother in every sense of the word. • Instead of focusing on the “why” and “how”, I choose to honor Shad by focusing on the way he made me feel, the ways he made me laugh and the many ways different he smiled at. on my face. • This video and photo series were sourced from Walemania last year. As I stood there, absorbing the incredible energy of this crowd, I suddenly found myself climbing quickly into the air. I didn’t even have to watch; I knew it was Shad who unexpectedly lifted me, as he often did, this time on his shoulders. My level of hype instantly increased tenfold. Shad was really genuinely excited for me. It was almost as if he had transferred this energy through me. It was easily the pinnacle of a truly magical night. I will never forget this moment because it summed up the kind of person Shad was: a person who was always striving to raise his brother. • I will never forget his heart and his constant enthusiasm, his honesty and his pure authenticity as a human being. • Rest in paradise, my brother. We will always remember your altruism. Positive thoughts, prayers and vibrations for the Gaspard and Chittick family. ——— #ripshad #ripshadgaspard
Actor Josh Brolin shared a touching tribute that highlighted Gaspard’s impact on the community of Venice, California.
Many superstars have also joined to recognize the incredible impact Gaspard has had on the WWE family.
I join fans around the world as we remember Shad Gaspard as a beloved performer and caring father. In absolutely tragic circumstances, please keep your loved ones in your mind. https://t.co/JibfmJJMcC
– Triple H (@TripleH) May 20, 2020
RIP Shad ❤️?? You really have a magic soul. Always makes everyone laugh and smile. You will be missed so much by so many people. You are truly a superhero, forever and ever. So many thoughts, prayers, love and light for his family.
– Nikki and Brie (@BellaTwins) May 20, 2020
“Save my son. An incredible man and father. My love and my prayers go to the Gaspard family. Stay in love Shad.
– Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) May 20, 2020
I made so many fun memories with my brother when I was a kid because of the fun of Cryme Tyme. Thanks for that, Shad.
Keep all his friends and family in my heart. ❤️
– Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) May 20, 2020
My love, my thoughts, my prayers and my support go to the family of Shad Gaspard. Nothing can ever make up for the loss of a loved one. As a universe, we owe it to ourselves and others to be a positive light in this world as long as we can because nothing is ever guaranteed. #RIPSHAD ❤️??
– Titus O’Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) May 20, 2020
The world has lost a wonderful human being. Shad Gaspard was a true HERO in every sense of the word. I keep his family and loved ones in my prayers right now. We love you, Shad. pic.twitter.com/JaX6Ebk9LF
– NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) May 20, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family of Shad Gaspard. Always when I was around him, a charming and smiling man and his demonstration of the ultimate gesture to be a real man and father when it counts means more than all the words I could write.
– William Regal (@RealKingRegal) May 20, 2020
The first time I went on the road with @WWE, @Shadbeast greeted me with his trademark smile. Our common Haitian origin gave us an immediate connection point and from there, he kept greeting me as a family. You are in the hands of God now Shad but we will always be missed. pic.twitter.com/sXn2cZm7A9
– Byron Saxton (@ByronSaxton) May 21, 2020
To be a person who lights up the room, to be a person who finds the positive, to be a person who does the right thing, to be like Shad, I’m going to look for the positive from now on, that’s what he would like
– Santino Marella (@milanmiracle) May 21, 2020