- Shad Gaspard went missing after he went for a swim at Venice Beach with his family
- But with hope fading on Gaspard ever being found, authorities have resolved to end his search
- A seasoned wrestler, Gaspard is now presumed dead, with his family thanking everyone for 'care and support'
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The US Coast Guard and Los Angeles Police Department have reportedly ended the immediate search of former WWE star Shad Gaspard.
Gaspard, a well known pro-wrestler went missing during a swim on Venice Beach in Los Angeles on Sunday, 17 May.
At the time, the 39-year-old was in the company of his 10-year-old son, his wife and a group of others when they were pulled out to sea by a strong rip current.
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Rescuers are understood to have saved Gaspard's son, but could not trace the wrestler who, according to SunSport is now presumed dead.
Gaspard is said to have told lifeguards to save his boy first as his wife, Silliana, waited off the beach.
The USCG announced on Tuesday, 19 May, it is no longer carrying out any search with hope fading on finding the renowned wrestling star.
Gaspard's friends including fellow wrestlers Kofi Kingston and Montel Vontavious have since released a statement on behalf of the family, saying they appreciate "all the love, support and concern."
"[Shad's] family appreciates all the love, support, and concern through this horrible ordeal," the pair tweeted.
"At this time they are not ready to make any public or official statements to any media outlet And ask all to respect their wishes," they added.
Gaspard, who enjoyed an illustrious career in the WWE is best remembered for his work with JTG in the WWE tag team Cryme Tyme between 2006 and 2014.
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