Joan Laurer, better known by her stage name Chyna, has died at the age of 46, according to the Redondo Beach (CA) Police Department.
Chyna was perhaps best known for her time in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as the groundbreaking, stereotype-shattering female wrestler, who in her wrestling career captured numerous championships in both the women’s and men’s divisions during the 1990s.
Additionally, she was known for her work in reality television, as well as her controversial stint in the adult film industry.
A spokesperson from the Redondo Beach Police Department stated “from the preliminary investigation, it appears that the deceased passed away prior to being discovered by the friend,” and added that “there were no signs of foul play.” While a drug overdose is believed to be the cause of death, police have not issued an official statement at the time of this article. “An autopsy has been scheduled with the Los Angeles County Coroners Department, and full results will not be released until the toxicology report is complete,” added a spokesperson with the department.
Following the news, which broke early Wednesday morning, WWE issued a statement via their official Twitter account: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of Joanie “Chyna” Laurer #RIPChyna,” and since then, friends and fans have used the hashtag to share their own stories and express their condolences across social media.
We at Nerd Nation would like to express our deepest condolences to Ms. Laurer’s family, friends, and fans. May she rest in peace.
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