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Pro Wrestler's Widow Sues City Claiming Under Trained Lifeguards

On May 17th, former WWE star Shad Gaspard tragically passed away as he was swept out to sea at Venice Beach. He had instructed lifeguards to save his son before he was pulled under the water.

Today, it has been reported that the wife (and family) of the late wrestler filed for negligence against the state of California, Los Angeles County, and the City of Los Angeles. Siliana Gaspard (Shad’s widow) filed a claim stating their negligence and dangerous condition of the public property.

Siliana said the lifeguards were under-trained and were not working with proper equipment that would’ve saved both her son and husband’s lives that day. She feels they left her husband to die while they rescued her son.

She stated that the lifegaurds “left Shad Gaspard in the water to die."

But all reports from that day state the lifeguards attempted to save them both, but Shad insisted that they save his son first. A wave would then pull Shad underwater, where he would never resurface alive. Three days later on May 20th, his body was discovered.

Siliana also claims there were insufficient signs on the beach warning about the dangers of swimming there.

She brought the still unofficial lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of herself and Gaspard’s son, and is seeking unspecified damages and burial costs.

Even though, the Official Shad Gaspard Family Fund on Gofundme has already raised $160,355 (exceeding their $100,000 goal).

But as we know, the lifegaurds are not "under-trained", they did appear to have the proper equipment (see the video below), and they certainly did not leave him in the water to die.


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