Former WWE and WWF wrestler Chyna has died aged 45 of suspected drug overdose
Former WWE and WWF wrestler Chyna — real name Joanie Laurer — has died aged 45.
Her management posted a statement on her Twitter and Facebook account confirming her death.
“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero,” the message said.
She first rose to fame in WWF in 1997 and was soon billed as the Ninth Wonder of The World.
Chyna was the first woman to take part in the Royal Rumble and King of Ring Events and became the number one contender to the WWF Championship.
Outside of the wrestling ring, she posed for Playboy and made several appearances on reality TV shows, including VH1’s The Surreal Life.
The star struggled with addiction for years and appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew in 2008.
Between 2004 and 2014 she also released six porn films.
In 2010 she moved to Japan to teach English.
Anthony Anzaldo, her manager, said she was found in the afternoon and that no cause of death had been determined, though reports that has emerged says that she died from a possible overdose and police are investigating.
“The Redondo Beach Police received a 911 call from a friend of the apartment unit resident that the female inside was not breathing,” a statement from Redondo Beach police said.
“The friend told Redondo Beach Police that the female had not answered her phone in a few days, and went to the location to check on her welfare. Officers arrived on scene and discovered a deceased female inside the location.”