California: WWE wrestling legend Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer has died at the age of 45, said Anthony Anzaldo, her manager in a statement on Twitter early Thursday.
“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero,” a statement posted on her social media accounts on Wednesday evening read.
#RipChyna ??? all of us on team Chyna love you and will love you forever babe.
— Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) April 21, 2016
Chyna is believed to have been found in her Redondo Beach, Calif. home bedroom, California on Wednesday. Her manager said that she had been taking medication for sleep deprivation and anxiety. The death is still under investigation and foul play wasn’t suspected.
Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer paid tribute in a Tweet calling Chyna’s death “tragic news” and describing Laurer as “truly a pioneer in our industry”.
Chyna first rose to fame in WWF in 1997 and was soon billed as the Ninth Wonder of The World.