Former WWE Women’s Champion Joanie Laurer better known to fans as Chyna has passed away. She was found in her her California home at the age of 45. According to police the cause of death is still under investigation. Our sincerest condolences go out to her friends, family and fans.
WWE issued the following statement:
“Chyna passes away
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.”
The Redondo Beach Police Department has also released a statement of their own saying that they are currently investigating the circumstances of her death.
JUST IN: Police in Southern California investigating the death of former pro wrestler Chyna. https://t.co/FzeQ5R2C16 pic.twitter.com/mWc6lBXn1c
— ABC News (@ABC) April 21, 2016
Wrestling personalities and wrestling fans around the world are honoring Joanie Laurer on social media and you can see some of the reactions below.
Tell people what you should while you can…You NEVER KNOW if you will have the chance again! 🙁
— Terri Runnels (@theterrirunnels) April 21, 2016
I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016
RIP Joannie "Chyna" Laurer. #WWE
— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) April 21, 2016
Such a sad day. I will be staying off social media for a few days. This news broke my heart
— Lisa Marie Varon (@REALLiSAMARiE) April 21, 2016
R.I.P. CHYNA pic.twitter.com/FJ6PuW2zsr
— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) April 21, 2016
#RIPChyna – May you bask in tranquility. https://t.co/BCqkgx4RNx
— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) April 21, 2016
Condolences to the family & friends of @ChynaJoanLaurer. Hopefully her troubled soul has found peace.
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) April 21, 2016
[…] Later on in her pro wrestling career, Chyna went on to feud with men and win Intercontinental Gold while making history in the process. But, Nicole Bass’ run with the company wasn’t as illustrious. Unfortunately, Chyna’s time in the WWF ended way too soon as she was wrapped up in a love-triangle with Triple H and the Boss’ daughter. Unfortunately, Chyna is no longer with us either to tell her side of the story. […]