WWE Superstar Chyna Found Dead; Joanie Laurer Was 46
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“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,” the statement read.
Laurer, who admitted to struggles with substance abuse, was part of “Celebrity Rehab” in 2008. TMZ reports that her death may have been related to a “possible overdose.”
Friends went her apartment in Redondo Beach, California and called the police when they found her unresponsive. They said that she had not been heard from for a few days.
Laurier was one of the first female wrestlers of the WWE and WWE Royal Rumble. She later transitioned to acting and porn, and was part of “The Surreal Life” reality TV show in 2005.
“There’s a misconception out there in the media that I’ve become this monster,” she said on Vice in an interview last year. “In the meantime, I’m just trying to get a job and live my life.”