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Former Wrestling star Chyna found dead at her Calif. apartment

April 21, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Former Wrestling star Chyna found dead at her Calif. apartment

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Authorities confirmed on Wednesday that former WWE star Chyna, who shot to fame in the 1990s becoming one of the most-popular female professional wrestlers in history, was found dead in her apartment in Redondo Beach, California.

The body of Chyna, whose real name is Joan Marie Laurer, was discovered by Redondo Beach Police responding to a 911 call from a friend of the former wrestler.

The friend told the 911 operator she had gone to check on Lauer on Wednesday after she failed to answer her phone for a few days, and discovered her not breathing, Redondo Beach police said in a statement.

By the time officers arrived the 46-year-old Chyna was already dead police said.

Police officials have not released any cause of death.

Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz, said an investigator from his office was still at the location of the body as of late Wednesday night. He provided no further information on the death.

However, the gossip site TMZ is reporting that investigators are looking into whether overdose may have played a role in Lauer’s passing.

The tall, muscle-bound, Laurer was deemed the “9th Wonder of the World” because her wrestling predecessor, the late Andre the Giant had already called himself the eighth.

As a member of the wrestling group “D-Generation X,” consisting of Sean Michaels, Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Triple H) and Sean (X-Pac) Waltman, Chyna held the WWE’s women title and would even wrestle men.

Her official website put out a statement on Wednesday night which read, “Today 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.”

Before taking up wrestling, Lauer, a native of Rochester, New York, graduated from the University of Tampa in Florida

Chyna now joins the long list of WWE superstars who have died relatively young, including Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig, Owen Hart, the Ultimate Warrior, and Rick Rude,

Laurer left the WWE in 2001 and went on to pose for Playboy, appeared in adult films and starred on reality TV, shows including “The Surreal Life” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”

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