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UPDATEDx6: Chyna Passes Away at 45 — More Details On Her Death

April 21, 2016 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

UPDATE x6: According to TMZ, there was no suicide note left in Chyna’s Redondo Beach, CA home. Several neighbors told investigators they suspected “overdose” as the cause of death since she’d seemed “under the influence” as of late. According to Wrestling Observer Radio, friends of Chyna’s had been discussing an intervention. Police also stated that it appears Chyna had passed away a “day or two” prior to Wednesday evening. The last contact she had with anyone was on Sunday evening.

UPDATEx5: WWE posted the following on Chyna’s death…

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.

Upon hearing the sad news, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon tweeted the following: ” I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna”

WWE extends its condolences to Laurer’s family, friends and fans.

UPDATEx4: TMZ reports that police were called to Joanie “Chyna” Laurer’s house at around 7:30PM PT, adding that law enforcement sources have told them that Laurer had not been seen or heard from for the past few days. A friend of hers went to check on her Wednesday evening, discovered the body, and called police.

They add that police on the scene are treating the case as a possible overdose due to her history with drugs, though no illegal drugs have been found at her home, just prescription drugs. There are no signs of foul play, according to the police.

TMZ also has published a photo of her body being removed from her home.

UPDATEx3: Ryan Satin of ProWrestlingSheet.com reports that Joanie Laurer’s manager has confirmed to him that Laurer was found dead Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles and that sources close to the situation claim Chyna had been on medication for anxiety and sleep deprivation.

UPDATEx2: ABC 7 reporter George Pennachio out of Los Angeles reports that Chyna’s body was found in her bed.

UPDATE: The City of Rendondo Beach Police Department has issued the following statement on the death of Joanie “Chyna” Laurer. The statement confirms that Chyna’s body was found on Wednesday night and that they are currently investigating.

ORIGINAL: Chyna has passed away. The former WWE star’s official Twitter account has issued a statement confirming that she died on Wednesday at the age of forty-five. Variety reports that Chyna — real name Joanie Laurer — was discovered at Redondo Beach house today.

The statement reads, “It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her.”

Chyna came into WWE during the Attitude Era as a member of D-Generation X. Having trained under Killer Kowalski, she met Shawn Michaels and Triple H after a show in 1996 ands they decided to bring her in as a bodyguard for their stable-to-be. Vince McMahon was initially resistant but eventually agreed to the idea, leading to her debut at In Your House 13: Final Four in February of 1997. Chyna would go on to be an integral part of D-X and when the group split up, she went on a successful solo run that included matches against both men and women. She was the first woman to enter King of the Ring and to be number one contender for the WWF Championship. During her time in the company she held the WWF Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Women’s Championship once, and had memorable feuds and angles with Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Jeff Jarrett and many more.

After her personal relationship with Triple H ended and he began dating Stephanie McMahon, she left WWE in 2001. She had brief stints in NJPW in 2002 and TNA in 2011 but mostly stayed out of the business. She had a long-term struggle with addiction issues and had been in the news last year after making several claims against Triple H in regard to domestic abuse. She also had a career as an adult film star, appearing in six films from 2004 to 2013. She living in Japan from 2012 until recently and was teaching English there.

On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Ms. Laurer.

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