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Body found on Los Angeles beach identified as WWE pro Shad Gaspard

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                                WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard arrived at the Los Angeles premiere of “Terminator Genisys,” in June 2015, at the Dolby Theatre on in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department said a body found on Venice Beach early today is that of former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard.

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    WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard arrived at the Los Angeles premiere of “Terminator Genisys,” in June 2015, at the Dolby Theatre on in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department said a body found on Venice Beach early today is that of former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard.

LOS ANGELES >> The body of former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard was found early today on Los Angeles’ Venice Beach, after he was caught in a rip current last weekend, police said.

Patrol officers were flagged down around 1:25 a.m. by a person reporting that a body had washed ashore, a Police Department statement said.

He was identified as Gaspard and his family was notified, police said. Gaspard went missing last Sunday after he went swimming with his 10-year-old son, Aryeh.

The boy was rescued and several other swimmers made it out of the water safely.

Gaspard, 39, gained prominence in the WWE as one half of the tag-team group Cryme Time, along with his partner, JTG. After retiring in 2010, Gaspard has had small roles on TV and in movies, including the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard.”

He was about 50 yards (46 meters) from shore when he was last spotted by a lifeguard, police said. A wave crashed over him and he was swept out to sea.

His wife, Siliana Gaspard, issued a statement Tuesday thanking authorities and fans.

“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.

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