ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Former WWE wrestler Chyna, born Joanie Laurer, passed away tonight at the age of 45.

According to her manager, via ProWrestlingSheet, she was found dead in her home in Redondo Beach, California. Police officers are currently investigating a possible overdose as the cause of death, as Chyna had been very open about her struggles with drug addiction for many years. She had also been on prescription medication for both anxiety and sleep deprivation at the time.

Chyna's official Twitter and Facebook accounts both posted a statement confirming the news:

It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her.

WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon added her own condolences, calling Chyna a true wrestling "pioneer."

Chyna was an icon in the pro wrestling world for many years. During her time in the WWE (then called the WWF), she participated in a legendary team-up with Triple H, becoming one of the original members of D-Generation X.

She is the only female wrestler to have held the WWF Intercontinental Championship, and was also the reigning Women's Champion for a time. Chyna also holds the distinction of being the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring events. She left the WWF in 2001.


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