Former WWE wrestler Chyna was found dead at an apartment in Redondo Beach, California. 45-year-old Chyna whose real name is Joan Laurer was reportedly found by her friend who immediately alerted the police. “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,” a statement read on her Twitter timeline.
#RipChyna 😢😢😢 all of us on team Chyna love you and will love you forever babe.
— Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) April 21, 2016
A Redondo Beach Police statement said there are no indications or signs that the death was a result of foul play. “On April 20, 2016, Redondo Beach Police Officers were dispatched to an apartment unit in the 900 block of Esplanade. The Redondo Beach Police received a 9-1-1 call from a friend of the apartment unit resident that the female inside was not breathing. The friend told Redondo Beach Police that the female had not answered her phone in a few days, and went to the location to check on her welfare. “The deceased female has been identified as Joan Lauer, 46 year[s] of age [she was actually 45]. Joan Laurer was also known as “Chyna” and was a professional wrestler and entertainer.
Chyna made her WWE debut in 1997. In June 1999, she became the first woman to qualify for the King of the Ring tournament. She was also the first woman to be the number one contender for the WWF Championship, but lost the spot to Mankind before Summer Slam in August. Chyna made her porn debut in 2004 and had a couple of videos released to her name.