This is completely shocking and tragic! Famous wrestling legend Chyna has passed away on April 20. The iconic WWE star was just 45 years old, and was found dead in her home in Southern California. We have all of the devastating details, right here.
Totally heartbreaking! The WWE and the wrestling world lost a legend on April 20, when famous wrestler Chyna, real name Joanie Laurer, was found dead in her Southern California home. The iconic athlete was only 45 years old, and the news comes as a total shock to many worldwide. Here’s what we know about the heartbreaking loss so far.
TMZ reported on April 20 that Chyna had unexpectedly and tragically passed away. 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.”
She was found dead in her home in Southern California, according to ProWrestlingSheet.com. There is no known cause of death at this point, but Chyna will certainly be missed. The female wrestler was an absolute machine in the WWE, changing the game by teaming up with Triple H to become a founding member of Degeneration X.
#RipChyna 😢😢😢 all of us on team Chyna love you and will love you forever babe.
— Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) April 21, 2016
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.”
Chyna became even more well known in the pop culture world when she posed for playboy, and then went on to star in the VH1 favorite The Surreal Life in 2005. Chyna went on to do porn, and released 6 popular films from 2004-2013. She later moved to Japan to teach English and get out of the limelight.
HollywoodLifers – send your prayers to Chyna’s family below.