Wrestler Shad Gaspard Wiki, Bio, Age, Career, Height, Weight, Spouse, Children, Personal Life, Social Media Appearance & Death

Biography

Shad Gaspard was an American professional wrestler and actor. He was best known for his time with WWE, where he teamed with his partner JTG as a member of Cryme Tyme under his real name.

After departing WWE in 2010, Gaspard pursued an acting career that included several films and television roles such as Think Like a Man Too, Get Hard, The Game, and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. He was also the co-creator of the 2011 graphic novel Assassin & Son.

Early life

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gaspard was of Haitian and Curaçaoan descent. His father, Ben Gaspard, was a former enforcer for street gangs and then a personal security guard in the early 1970s; he worked for gangster Frank Lucas and currently owns McFay Contracting Inc. Shad is the third of six siblings.

Career

At age 5, Shad was trained by his father in boxing, and at age eight he began training in a mixture of different martial arts such as Judo, Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai. As a student, Gaspard quickly developed into an aggressive fighter, winning many fight tournaments as an amateur. His mother, Ingrid Chittick, gave him the nickname “Beast” as a result of his aggressiveness.

At age sixteen, Gaspard began prize fighting for promoter Hardbody Harrison, a former World Championship Wrestling wrestler and FX Tough Man Champion, in bar fighting tournaments such as boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts (MMA), and tough man competitions. Even though Gaspard was only sixteen years old, he competed against adults who were older than he was by five to twenty years, due to his large size. Gaspard holds win-loss records as a No Holds Barred fighter (35–7) and an amateur boxer (57–26).

Gaspard was extensively involved in athletics during his high school years, specializing in wrestling, track, and basketball.[7] After high school, he continued to play basketball at Georgia Perimeter College, and after leaving, he became a bodyguard for several rappers and actors, including pop star Britney Spears, Puff Daddy, and Mike Tyson.

Professional wrestling career

Gaspard then decided to become a professional wrestler. He qualified for the finals of the reality television program Tough Enough 2 in 2002, but was disqualified and replaced after failing a physical.[7]

After Tough Enough, Gaspard was recruited by WWF talent scout Tom Prichard and allowed to attempt a career as a professional wrestler.[7] He first trained with Sgt. Dewayne Bruce from the WCW Power Plant for six months.[7][9] Afterwards, he attended Prichard’s first Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) “training camp”, after which he was offered an opportunity to return to train full-time.

Gaspard debuted in OVW in 2003 under the ring name “Da Beast”,[10] eventually joining Kenny Bolin’s Bolin Services stable. Originally, he acted as Bolin’s personal enforcer, until he was placed into a tag team with Carlos Colón, Jr. in February 2004.

Personal life

Gaspard tied a knot to fitness model and athlete Siliana Gaspard. The couple had their first child, a boy named Aryeh, in April 2010. On December 11, 2016, Gaspard prevented the armed robbery of a Coral Springs, Florida gas station when he was approached by an intoxicated man who was intent on robbing the clerk. Gaspard shoved the man, took away his gun, and restrained him until police arrived.

Death

On May 17, 2020, Gaspard and his son Aryeh were among a group of swimmers caught in a strong rip current at a Marina del Rey beach in Venice Beach, California. Aryeh was rescued, while Gaspard himself disappeared underwater. After searching 70 square nautical miles, the U.S Coast Guard suspended the search. On May 20, 2020, Gaspard’s body was found washed ashore in Venice Beach, and was identified by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Other media

In January 2012 he was advertised as appearing on BET television series The Game,[49] as well as TV Land original situation comedy The Exes in October 2012. He was also working on other upcoming films. Besides wrestling and acting, Gaspard also did modeling and worked on a comic book.

In 2013, Gaspard performed in the stage adaptation of “Pugilist” as Jack Johnson, the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (since 1908–1915), depicting the fighter’s rise to the world heavyweight championship, and his tragic fall.

Overview

  • Full Name: January 13, 1981
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
  • Date of Death: May 17, 2020
  • Aged: 39
  • Death Place: Venice Beach, California, U.S.
  • Spouse(s): Siliana Gaspard (m since 2009)
  • Children: 1
  • Ring name(s): Da Beast, Shad, Shad Gaspard
  • Billed height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
  • similarly, Billed weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
  • Billed from: Brooklyn, New York
  • Trained by Ohio Valley Wrestling, Rocky Johnson, Al Snow, DeWayne Bruce, Debut  2003
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