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Dave Bautista Overcome With Emotion While Speaking About Late Shad Gaspard

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By Clark Sparky

Dave Bautista is joining many others in mourning the loss of former WWE star Shad Gaspard this week. He died after getting caught in a riptide while swimming in California with his 10-year-old son on Sunday. His body was found on the beach on Wednesday.

Bautista admitted that he and Gaspard weren't super close, but his death still had a strong impact on him. The WWE star took to Instagram to share a video with his thoughts.

"I've been sitting here all day trying to figure out why this is bothering me so much, because Shad and I, we weren't super close," Bautista said in the video.

"I don't want to make pretenses like we were. I've known him since 2006 and we've had some great times on the road and we would talk here and there. I'd see him all the time at Gold's, everybody who knows him knows he was a common face at Gold's, lifting people up and telling big stories."

"This is what I knew about Shad — Shad was a dream chaser. He went after everything he was passionate about in his life," he continued. "Wrestling, films — last time I saw him, he was on the red carpet of the MTV Awards and couldn't have been any more proud to be apart of Birds of Prey and we talked about it. And he was so happy, I don't think he wanted to leave the red carpet."

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He added, "I feel like he was just starting to make headway in films and now he's gone. And he won't ever have a chance to live out his dreams. And that bothers the s— of out me. So, if there's anything that I can share with you about the loss of Shad Gaspard, it's that dude was a dream chaser, you should be inspired by his journey and inspired by his final sacrifice. I send my thoughts and prayers to his family and all of my friends and his friends who are hurting over his loss."

Gaspard's wife released a statement following his death.

"Shad was our whole world and we were his. There are not enough words to describe what he means to all of us. He was our heart, our soul, our protector, our warrior. He was a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many through his joyous and gracious nature.

"The outpouring of love from Shad's friends, colleagues and fans has meant more to us than you can ever imagine," Siliana continued. "We'd like to once again thank the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their efforts. Shad was and will always be our real life super hero."

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