Former WWE wrestling star Chyna was found dead on Wednesday in her Redondo Beach home. Little information was made available immediately, and the official cause of death is unknown. Chyna was 45 years old.
According to local police, a friend found the wrestling star unresponsive in bed after not answering her phone for a few days.
“There are no indications or signs that her death was the result of foul play,” police said.
Chyna, whose real name is Joanie Laurer, last appeared in an odd YouTube video posted Sunday morning.
Her Facebook announced the news late Wednesday.
“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her,” the post read.
Chyna appeared in several TV shows over the last two decades, including VH1’s “Surreal Life” and “Celebrity Rehab.” She also guest starred on “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “The Nick Cannon Show.”
A larger-than-life figure, the wrestler and actress later posed for Playboy magazine before starring in several adult films, including “She-Hulk XXX.”
She later moved to Japan to teach English.
“There’s a misconception out there in the media that I’ve become this monster,” she told Vice last year. “In the meantime, I’m just trying to get a job and live my life.”
The WWE released the following statement:
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 talented performer, Chyna was a true sports-entertainment pioneer. Not only was the Superstar dubbed “The Ninth Wonder of the World” a founding member of the groundbreaking faction D-Generation X, but she also holds the distinction of being the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble Match and the first and only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship.
WWE extends its condolences to Laurer’s family, friends and fans.
I’ve never done this on the site before, but I was moved to share my own personal thoughts. So, I added a little section called “Simone Says” and here we go.
It’s sad how celebrities fall out of the limelight, and they hunger to get back “in”…but are rarely “allowed” back “in”…until they die. Athletes, Actors, Recording Artists…the stories are always eerily similar. When they use you up and you cycle out…but it’s all you ever knew…where’s the love?? You have to have a game plan, I guess. Things are the way they are…until they aren’t. Cold world. I’m just thinking out loud. #RIPChyna
-Simone, ER Founder/Correspondent