Joan Laurer, better known in the wrestling world as Chyna, was found dead in her Redondo Beach, CA., apartment Wednesday, (April 20) and while the case is still on going, officials don’t believe foul play is at hand, but suspect the 46-year-old may have died from an overdose.
Law enforcement officials say they were notified by a friend who had not seen or heard from Chyna in a few days. After visiting her home, Chyna was found unresponsive in her bedroom. Police reportedly arrived at the scene at about 7:30pm.
The news of Chyna’s passing was later confirmed with a message on her site.
“It is with deep sadness to inform you that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world, has passed away,” her website reads.
Chyna began training as a professional wrestler in 1996 shortly after graduating from the University of Tampa. She soon became an icon within the wrestling world and famously teamed up with Triple H. Chyna was also the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble.
After her wrestling career, Chyna transitioned into Reality TV and appeared on “The Surreal Life” in 2005 as well as “Celebrity Rehab” in 2008 to help combat her lifelong addiction.
Rest in peace, Chyna.