Ex-WWE wrestler Joanie “Chyna” Laurer was found dead at her Redondo Beach, California home on Wednesday afternoon. She was 45. The cause of her death is unknown but police are investigating a possible drug overdose.
According to the Yahoo reports, the WWE released the following statement on Wednesday evening:
“WWE is saddened to learn of reports that Joanie Laurer, best known for competing in WWE as Chyna, has passed away. A physically striking and talented performer, Chyna was a true sports-entertainment pioneer. Not only was the Superstar dubbed “The Ninth Wonder of the World” a founding member of the groundbreaking faction D-Generation X, but she also holds the distinction of being the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble Match and the first and only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship.”
WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon also took to twitter to share her thoughts on the shocking demise.
I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016
As per the Fox News reports, she was taking medication for “anxiety and sleep” deprivation. Sources note that the cause of her hear death was yet to be linked to her medication but authorities stated that drug overdose might be the cause.
According to 24 Wrestling, she was about to appear on an upcoming episode of the television series, “Botched.” The show was related to a plastic surgery procedure and fans were excited about her comeback on Television. The source quoted, “The episode of ‘Botched’ featuring Chyna was scheduled to air on E! on May 10 at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST.”
She was one of the most iconic pro-wrestling superstars who made her WWE debut in 1997 and joined Shawn Michaels and then boyfriend Triple H in the group, “D-Generation X,” wrote Yahoo.
She was a bodyguard then but soon became the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble in January 1999. She had graced the covers of “TV Guide,” “Newsweek” and “Playboy” magazines.
Her on-screen chemistry with Triple H became very popular until the WWE superstar decided to break the relationship after falling for Stephanie McMahon.
Chyna was also involved with the “New Japan Pro Wrestling” in 2002 but that didn’t last long. Unfortunately, she never returned to WWE.
Stay tuned for more updates on the issue.