Former professional wrestler and actress Chyna (a.k.a. Joanie Laurer) was found dead in her home yesterday and may have dead for several days as she was last seen in public on Monday and had not responded to phone calls since.
Police, who discovered Laurer's body in her Redondo Beach, California, apartment on Wednesday, initially reported her death as a possible overdose, the coroner's office says.
Sadly, despite her relative youth, Chyna's friends and family say they weren't entirely shocked by the news of her death. Prescription drugs were found at her home, but no other illegal drugs.
The WWE star, who was found dead Wednesday, posted a video on Sunday titled "Wake Up!" to her more than 11,000 YouTube subscribers. Now I'm an executive producer on a documentary, that's a pretty cool thing.
Former WWE wrestler Amy Dumas said: So tragic. She left the company following her final appearance at the Judgement Day pay-per-view in 2001. She also held the WWF Women's Championship during her career and became the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble.
Chyna is also the only female to ever compete in a King of the Ring tournament and was considered by WWE officials to win the World Championship. A night to let her know we loved her - and always would. In 2007, viewers saw a different side of Chyna when she appeared on the reality TV show "The Surreal Life".
Police said there were no signs of foul play. But it was immediately clear the raven-haired Chyna could break through as a star in her own right, said Jack Jorgensen, an editor with the sports and entertainment website Fansided.
Chyna previously struggled with alcohol and substance abuse, and appeared on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" six years ago to discuss her addiction, according to the Tribune New Service. During her tumultuous relationship with fellow wrestler Sean Waltman, she filmed a sex episode with him that made her a target for negative criticism. He said that Chyna should be in the Hall of Fame, but WWE can't be blamed for the stance they took before her passing.
While she may be gone, Chyna's legacy will never be forgotten. Chyna's death was mourned by WWE's CBO Stephanie McMahon, who tweeted about the unexpected death of the WWE legend.
One of the most revered female wrestlers in the history of WWE, Chyna joined the then WWF in 1997 and soon found prominence as part of the D-Generation X stable alongside real-life boyfriend Triple H.