A body discovered along Venice Beach has been identified by authorities as former WWE star Shad Gaspard.
Officers were notified by a citizen who reported finding a body .
Gaspard, 39, had last been seen by a lifeguard as he was swimming with his son about 50 yards off of Venice Beach.
The two were caught up in a dangerous surf and in need of help from lifeguards. Rescuers went into the water and managed to bring the child out safely but could not locate Gaspard after he was struck by a large wave and pulled out to sea.
The Coast Guard and other agencies looked for Gaspard before calling off the search at sundown. Crews were out again using sonar in hopes of finding the former professional wrestler to no avail.
L.A. County reopened its beaches last Wednesday for physical activities, which includes walking, running and swimming. The beach had been closed to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
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