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Update (1:57 a.m. ET): TMZ is now reporting that Chyna was found dead in her home in Redondo Beach, California by a friend who went to check on her and found her “unresponsive in the bedroom of her home.” Police were called around 7:30 p.m. local time. Laurer’s death is being investigated as a possible overdose as prescription bottles were found in her home. No signs of foul play were found.

Former WWE star Joanie “Chyna” Laurer has passed away according to an official statement issued by her management late Wednesday evening.

Laurer, a former WWE Intercontinental and Women’s Champion, was discovered dead at her home according to TMZ. No other details are known at this time.

You can read the official statement issued by her management on Facebook below.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Aww. I know she was on a downward spiral in recent years but news like this is what any true wrestling fan dreads to hear no matter what you thought about her. I’m sure it was suicide of some kind which makes it that much more tragic. I hope God has mercy on her and she’s in a better place now. I’m sure there’ll be some snide, insensitive comments about her passing but I was always a fan of her in-ring work and mourn what the real life Joanie Laurer went through even if it was by her own doing. You’ll be missed Chyna.

    Bet you those phony WWE scavengers will put her in the Hall of Fame now or at least consider it.

  2. around 2 days ago i looked at some of her matches back in wwf, i always wanted her to be in the hall of fame… she deserved it alot more than that arrogant bimbo tammy sunny sytch. Its sad that she kept trying to reconcile with wwe. A very sad news, atleast she is in a better place and may God have mercy on her.

  3. met her at a comic con back in the day, seemed nice enough, was a shame to see what happened and what she became in later years. sad to think all the recent events will colour her career.

  4. You know, it would never have occurred to me to even predict this, or expect this…but with true honesty, the surprise and shock is minimal. I was 60/40 for Chyna, liked her a little more than I didn’t, I ust hope WWE has some decency considering they aren’t fond of mentioning her r inviting her to the company, but have no problem with all the exposure she gets on there, since it makes them a buck. WWE – recognize this ASAP, drag your heels, or ignore Chyna’s death, It would be very bad PR.

  5. now watch the wwe goes all instant forgive mode and because of her death she will be inducted into next years HOF..

  6. I have been crying for an hour trying to come up with words to how I feel about this news. I know her life was filled with demons. From being manipulated, to heart break, to loss. I cant speak to her personality but i can speak to what she did and how she inspired me. The way she held herself in the ring. The way she didnt back down and just pierced into someone’s soul before beating them up. She wasnt just a woman, she wasnt a diva she was a hero in my eyes and because of her i have the confidence i have today.

    Thank you Chyna…for being the strongest.

  7. RIP Chyna. We all battle demons and make mistakes but fortunately for most of us we don’t have to do it in the public spotlight.

  8. Rest in Peace Chyna. You will be missed. I hope WWE at least have the decency to put an “In Memory” of her on the tv screen before Raw or Smackdown goes on tv or make mentioning of her. They should put her in the Hall of Fame.

  9. Oh man… this is sad news. When it comes to the female performers of the attitude era, she was always one of the first names that comes to mind. Truly a unique character and one of the quintessential women in the business. Ok, we’re all aware of her downward spiral and her poor choices in recent years. Hopefully she’s in a better place now, and as many others have mentioned, it would be nice to see WWE pay some sort of tribute.

  10. I was actually just wondering about “In Memory” package and if there will be something aired. I don’t picture Vince giving the ten bell salute or a vid package meshed with a lovely song

  11. Even if this is the way she gets inducted into the HOF i will still be glad that she is in there because now she can make new fans and the older fans can remember fondly what she was like and what she has done for women’s wrestling as a whole

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