WWF star Chyna was found dead at 46 on April 20 and longtime friends and fellow wrestlers of hers are absolutely devastated over the news that she’s gone. Goldust, Nattie-By-Nature and more took to Twitter to express their sadness over the tragic news.
Chyna‘s death comes as just a shock to her friends as it does to her fans. The former WWF star was found dead on Apr. 20 in her Redondo Beach, Calif., apartment after friends hadn’t “heard from [Chyna] for a few days.” Immediately. WWE stars tweeted how sweet and kind Chyna always was to them and that they can’t believe she’s gone.
Chyana was found “unresponsive” in her bedroom, according to TMZ and her death is reportedly being investigated as a possible overdose. Prescription pill bottles were found at the scene but as of now there don’t appear to be any signs of foul play. Chyna was one of the top WWF stars and had made a lot of friends in the industry over the years. A statement on her Twitter account read: “It is with deep sadness to inform you today that 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.” See the tweets below from fellow wrestlers like Goldust, Nattie by Nature and Total Divas.
Someone who wasn't afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 21, 2016
My prayers go out to Joanie Laurer and her family. It's very sad to hear this news. Chyna was revolutionary for women in wrestling.
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) April 21, 2016
— Total Divas (@TotalDivas) April 21, 2016
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) April 21, 2016
— Chavo Guerrero jr. (@mexwarrior) April 21, 2016
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016
All I can say is that Chyna was always incredibly kind to me. I never forgot that. Life can be rough even to the strongest amongst us.
— Gregory Shane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) April 21, 2016
Thoughts and prayers go out to Chyna's family. She was always cool with me. #Rip9thWonder
— James Storm (@JamesStormBrand) April 21, 2016
Shit. Really? Chyna?
— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) April 21, 2016
Lord God be with us ALL! It's all gone in the blink of an eye! KMSSL.
— Lance Hoyt/Archer (@LanceHoyt) April 21, 2016
— #StrongerThanDeath (@MATTHARDYBRAND) April 21, 2016
— Jillian Hall (@Jillianhall1) April 21, 2016
— Melina (@RealMelina) April 21, 2016
A life can not be summed up in 140 characters. Chyna broke barriers and made people look at women in wrestling a whole new way.#RIPChyna
— David Lagana (@Lagana) April 21, 2016
The epitome of the word pioneer. Godspeed my fellow Kowalski alum Chyna. You reinvented what a female wrestler is. May you be at peace.
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) April 21, 2016
Rest in peace Joanie Lauer aka CHYNA. You were a kind, gentle and a misunderstood soul. Godspeed my friend. #RIPChyna
— Brian Heffron (@BlueMeanieBWO) April 21, 2016
HollywoodLife.com obtained a statement from the WWE after her sudden death: “WWE is saddened to learn of reports that Joanie Laurer, best known for competing in WWE as Chyna, has passed away. A physically striking and wildly talented performer, Chyna was a true sports-entertainment pioneer. Not only did the Superstar dubbed “The Ninth Wonder of the World” help found the groundbreaking faction D-Generation X, but she also holds the distinction of being the first and only female to win the Intercontinental Championship. WWE extends its condolences to Laurer’s family, friends and fans.”
HollywoodLifers, we will keep you posted as this story develops.