SO sad! Groundbreaking female wrestler Chyna – real name Joanie Laurer – has been found dead at the young age of 45. Her legion of fans are in total shock and expressing their grief on Twitter.
This is so incredibly tragic! Former professional wrestler Chyna has died at just 45-years-old. She was found dead in her southern California home on Apr. 20 and already the heartbreaking messages from her fans are pouring in with total sorrow and disbelief over the news. Keep reading for their touching tributes.
Chyna – real name Joanie Laurer – was one of the top WWF stars in the early 2000’s, as the leading female star in the WWF, changing the game by teaming up with Triple H to become a founding member of Degeneration X. She was also the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble. TMZ first reported the news that Chyna had unexpectedly passed away. There is no cause of death at this time but Chyna had struggled with substance abuse issues over the years and appeared on Celebrity Rehab back in 2008.
A statement was posted on the icon’s Twitter saying “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.” After she left the WWF, she moved to Japan to wrestle in that country in 2002. Joanie later went on to a foray in the porn industry, making six popular films from 2004-2013, but she never regained her glory days in the ring.
HollywoodLife.com obtained this statement from the WWE: “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.”
Her fans are now flooding Twitter with condolences about the late wrestling icon. Here’s a sample of the messages of grief about her untimely passing:
— Angie(TeamChyna) (@AngelaRaimondo1) April 21, 2016
— marlena myles (@thisisaIie) April 21, 2016
Since I can't sleep I guess it is true.
One of my favorites has gone to heaven with the rest of the wrestling gods. 😭 #RIPChyna
— Dev. (@itsDevT82) April 21, 2016
Work up to the devastating news that one of the most influential performers in the history of pro wrestling has passed away. #RIPChyna
— Sam Clarke (@Clarkie11_98) April 21, 2016
— Umer Iftikhar (@mumeriftikhar) April 21, 2016
The first, and only, woman to win the Intercontinental Championship; a true renegade of pro wrestling. Chyna commanded respect. #RIPChyna
— Jared Rea (@jaredr) April 21, 2016
— Salah ElDin Amin (@MrPower2002) April 21, 2016
— Khristian O (@KrisKhristian) April 21, 2016
Walking down the aisle with that bazooka was my first memory of her back in 1999. Loved her with Eddie even more. Together again #RIPChyna
— Aditya Bhattacharya (@aditya_bh16) April 21, 2016
— Richard,Dickie ;-D (@WinkyD4D) April 21, 2016
Very very sad. She should have been inducted into HOF during her life. Was a True professional. #RIPChyna
— Jhan-tab (@TheJohnyPatel) April 21, 2016
#RIPChyna. As long as I was aware of her, she always seemed to be fighting battles much bigger than WWE. Sad she left us so soon. Rest easy.
— Sage Francis (@SageFrancis) April 21, 2016
— Brian Stiffler (@BrianStiffler) April 21, 2016
Our condolences go out to Joanie’s family, friends and fans during this sad time.