Well, damn, this is a load of sadness out of nowhere. Chyna (born name: Joanie Marie Lauer) was found dead Wednesday in her home in Redondo Beach, CA. She was only 45. There’s really not much information except for a statement that her management tweeted from her Twitter account:
“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her.”
Chyna’s manager also confirmed the sad news with ProWrestlingSheet.com (via KTLA). She had apparently been taking meds for anxiety and sleeping problems. TMZ says that cops are investigating Chyna’s death as a possible overdose. (Update: The cops say that one of Chyna’s friends hadn’t heard from her for days. She wasn’t answering calls. When they stopped by her house to check on her, they found her not breathing. They called 911.)
Chyna became Chyna after she joined the WWE (which was the WWF back then) in the 90s. She was the first chick to qualify for the King of Tournament and the first chick contender for the WWF championship. While in the WWF, Chyna got with Triple H in real-life and they had a train wreck of a relationship that ended with her accusing him of cheating on her with Stephanie McMahon. Chyna was out of the WWF in 2001. Chyna later said in an interview that she didn’t leave the WWF on her own. Because of the Stephanie McMahon mess, the WWF sent a fax to the restaurant she was eating at and that fax said that they didn’t need her anymore. Firing you in a fax while at lunch takes firing you in an email to a whole new level of fucked up.
She has never been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Chyna wrestled in Japan for a little bit before the sex tape came out and she ended up in porn. She did a total of six porn movies from 2004 to 2013.
I think of “rubber chicken shots” nearly every damn week. It’s something that hasn’t left my brain and that’s all thanks to Chyna and Traci Bingham. Chyna was in the second season of one of the greatest reality shows ever The Surreal Life. She was also in The Surreal Life: Fame Games. Chyna was addicted to the bad shit, booze and pills for many years. She was on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008 and was hospitalized a couple of times for drug-related issues.
Up until not too long ago, Chyna seemed to be doing well and was living in Japan where she taught English and struggle twerked! She moved back to the US and regularly posted videos on her YouTube Channel. Earlier this year, Chyna posted this video where she talked about her hot unicorns leggings and dealing with the WWE:
Rest in peace, Chyna.