Former WWE star wrestler Chyna was found dead in her Los Angeles-area home. The wrestler billed as the Ninth Wonder of the World during her ring days. although a cause of death is yet to be officially confirmed. Anthony Anzaldo said she was found in the afternoon and that no cause of death had been determined. She was 46. Redondo Beach police received a call from Anzaldo and the apartment building manager around 3:25 p.m., Lt. Todd Heywood said. When officers arrived, they found her dead on her bed.
Chyna was a member of the wrestling squad that dubbed itself D-Generation X, often competed against men and at one point was the WWE women’s champion. There were no indications or signs that her death was a result of foul play, according to the release. Investigators said it appeared Laurer had died prior to being discovered by her friend. The exact nature, cause and time of death were still being investigated by the Los Angeles County Coroner. A post on Chyna’s official Facebook page confirmed the entertainer, born Joanie Laurer, had died. A statement posted on her official website reads: “Today 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.”
Chyna became a World Wrestling Entertainment star in the late 1990s and later appeared in both mainstream and pornographic films. She was also appeared on reality television shows, among them VH1’s “Surreal Life” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” Chyna Having been trained by wrestling icon Killer Kowalski, she quickly made a name for herself as the bodyguard of Triple H. In October 1999 she made history when she became the first and still the only woman to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Chyna picked up the WWE Women’s Championship in front of 67,000 fans at Wrestlemania in 2001.
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