WWE issued the following statement early Thursday morning regarding the passing of Joanie “Chyna” Laurer late Wednesday evening.
“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 Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon also issued the following tweet.
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016
TMZ is 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 based on the early investigation details.