Dwayne Johnson, Vince McMahon Pay Tribute to Former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard, Who Went Missing At Sea

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and WWE chairman Vince McMahon are among the names who are paying tribute to former WWE superstar Shad Gaspard, who is missing after being swept out to sea Sunday in Los Angeles.

Gaspard went missing Sunday while swimming in choppy surf with his young son off Venice Beach. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for the wrestler on Tuesday.

"My prayers and hope for Shad Gaspard's wife, son and family during this unthinkable time," Johnson tweeted on Wednesday morning.

"Man, this is a tough one. A really tough one. Great guy."

Gaspard, 39, was swimming in Marina del Rey with his son when he was pulled out to sea by a strong rip current.

Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards jumped in the water and rescued Gaspard's 10-year-old son, Aryeh, but Gaspard disappeared.

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Pro Wrestler Shad Gaspard attends the book release party for Kris Wolfe's '10 Ways To Win A Girl's Heart' at The One Banquet Hall on November 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Gaspard's wife, Siliana Gaspard, released a statement Tuesday thanking fans for their well wishes and the authorities who participated in the rescue effort.

"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," she said.

"Shad is a fighter, a warrior and a magical soul. We are hoping and praying for his safe return. As a family we thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Please continue to keep sending your positivity and prayers to our beloved Shad."

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon offered his sympathy to Gaspard's friends and family, tweeting: "The thoughts of everyone at WWE are with Shad Gaspard's family during this difficult time."

Gaspard's former teammate JTG shared a poignant text message he received from his friend, which read: "If ever I die tomorrow, just know I love you as a brother and a friend for ever, even past this life."

WWE star Kevin Owens tweeted: "I just read the awful news about Shad Gaspard. I can't imagine what his family is going through. My thoughts go out to them."

Mick Foley added: "This is just terrible news about Shad Gaspard being missing. I am thinking and praying for Shad, his family, and all those who love him."

Wrestler Tommy Dreamer also tweeted "I've been numb trying to understand today @Shadbeast is the Ultimate father and universally loved."

Gaspard rose to prominence in the WWE world as one-half of the tag team Cryme Tyme along with JTG.

Gaspard retired from WWE in 2010 and went on to appear in various movies and TV programs, including Get Hard alongside Kevin Hart.

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