Shad Gaspard’s Widow Files Suit Against California Over Death

2020 has not been an easy year for all of us and is was especially harsh for the Gaspard family. Shad Gaspard tragically passed away earlier this year in Venice Beach, California while saving his son in the water by handing him to the lifeguards that came out to save them.

Shad’s widow, Siliana Gaspard, has now filed a lawsuit against the state of California, Los Angeles County, and the city of Los Angeles alleging negligence and dangerous condition of public property according to a report by the LA Daily News.

Siliana Gaspard alleges there were insufficient signs warning of the dangers of swimming there, that lifeguards who tried to rescue her husband and his 10-year-old son near the 4200 block of S. Ocean Front Walk were understaffed and not properly trained, and that they did not bring the proper equipment. She further alleges the rescuers assisted the boy, but “left Shad Gaspard in the water to die.”

The plaintiff brought the still unofficial lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of herself and Gaspard’s son, identified in her court papers only as A.G., and is seeking unspecified damages and burial costs.


S.A.M’s Spiel: Shad’s death was tragic on every level and I can fully understand why Siliana would be bringing this suit. She clearly feels like the county and lifeguards on duty are at fault but I have no idea whether this suit will move forward. It will be difficult to prove and I would assume that is why the suit is not official yet. We will keep you updated on this as the story progresses.