CHRIS JERICHO has donated over four grand to the family of the late Shad Gaspard with his AEW boss Tony Khan doubling that amount.
Former WWE star Gaspard was tragically caught in a rip tide last Sunday with his death aged 39 confirmed when his body was found and identified on Wednesday.
Friends of the ex-Cryme Tyme tag team member have created a GoFundMe campaign in order to raise funds for his family following the tragedy.
Funds will go towards the Gaspard family’s bills and expenses to help his wife Siliana along with a college fund for his 10-year-old son.
The 49-year-old pledged $5,000 into it, with Khan also adding $10,000, with the $100k target already smashed.
At the time of writing, the current amount raised is $131,281 – around £107,900.
You can donate to the GoFundMe page by clicking here.
Gaspard was spending a day at the beach in California with his family when the heartbreaking incident occurred.
It emerged afterwards that he heroically told lifeguards to concentrate on getting his son Aryeh safely out of the ocean and back to shore after they fell into trouble. But when they returned for Gaspard he could not be found.
Search teams spent two days looking for him but then had to call time on their efforts to find him on Tuesday.
His body then washed up on Wednesday with his death confirmed later that day as his wife took to Twitter to pay homage to her late husband and thank fans and friends for their support.
WWE paid homage to Gaspard on Wednesday’s NXT and Friday’s SmackDown as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson led the tributes on social media.
He wrote: “This one hurts. Great guy. My deepest condolences and love to Shad Gaspard’s wife, son and family.
“Shad drowned in the ocean, but not before instructing lifeguards to save his 10yr old son first. That’s the love of a father.
“This is a tough one to process. Love and light to Shad’s family. And your warrior spirit lives on through your son.”