(PCM) We are deeply saddened to report that WWE Legend Chyna (real name: Joanie Laurer) was discovered dead in her California home at the age of 46. While, Chyna’s official cause of death is being reported as unknown at this time, several sources are speculating that she may have died from a suspected drug overdose.
Chyna’s body was discovered in the bedroom of her Redondo Beach apartment after she was not seen or heard from in a few days and a friend became worried. When the friend entered the house to check on her, she was found unresponsive in the bedroom and the friend then immediately contacted the authorities.
According to TMZ.com, several prescription pill bottles were discovered in the home, however sources claim no illegal drugs were found. Chyna has had a storied history with drug abuse in the past which led to the initial suspicion that drugs were in some way involved in her tragic passing. The local authorities claim there are no signs of foul play.
A statement posted to Chyna’s official Twitter account reads “It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero.”
Chyna made history during her time working with the WWE, as she teamed up with Triple H to become on of the first members of D-Generation X and she also happened to be the very first woman wrestler to enter the Royal Rumble.
Once she had left the WWE, Chyna went onto to famously pose for Playboy and also appeared on the VH1 celeb-reality series “The Surreal Life”. Chyna also released several adult pornography films over the past few years as well. More recently she had been living in Japan teaching English before returning to the States. Below is one of the last videos posted to her YouTube page on 4/17, where she certainly appears to be a bit out of sorts.
Our sincere condolences go out to Chyna’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.