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Chyna, WWE Star, Dead at 45

TV Personality Joanie Laurer Promotes Her Playboy Magazine November 2000 Cover on September 28, 2000 at The World Economic Forum in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Joanie Laurer, the former WWE star known as Chyna, died Wednesday night at 45 years old.

The news was affirmed by Laurer’s manager and an announcement posted on her official Twitter account, which read: “[T]oday 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.”

Laurer’s body was found at a home in Redondo Beach, California. A reason for death is not known, however police are supposedly regarding the case as a conceivable overdose.

Renowned to an era of wrestling fans for her keep running amid WWE’s “Attitude Era,” Laurer reclassified the potential outcomes for female entertainers as Chyna, a solid, noiseless implementer charged as “The Ninth Wonder of the World.” Thanks to her forcing physical nearness, she rapidly ascended through wrestling’s outside the box positions, and by 1997 had accomplished notoriety ­­– first as a bodyguard for Triple H, then as an individual from the famous D-Generation X stable. It was with DX that Chyna indicated she could hang with the young men in more courses than one, a pattern that would characterize her time in WWE. She was the main female to ever enter the Royal Rumble coordinate and fit the bill for the King of the Ring competition, and in 1999, was the principal lady to win the Intercontinental Championship.

As one of the period’s most mainstream stars, Chyna likewise postured for Playboy and showed up on sitcoms and unscripted television. Early Thursday morning, WWE discharged an announcement recalling that her as “a physically striking and wildly talented performer” and “a true sports entertainment pioneer.”
In any case, after a caustic takeoff from the organization in 2001, Laurer’s life took a turn. She wrestled just sporadically, pursued an all around plugged fight with medications and liquor and showed up in a few obscene movies. A year ago, Triple H – her previous beau – suggested that Laurer’s “way of life decisions” were the reason she had not been enlisted into the organization’s Hall of Fame.