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.

Wrestling personalities and wrestling fans around the world are honoring Joanie Laurer on social media and you can see some of the reactions below.



  1. […] 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. […]