The wrestling world learnt last night of the tragic passing of former WWE superstar Chyna.
Chyna - her real name Joanie Laurer - was found in her Redondo Beach, California home on Wednesday in bed, according to a police report by the City of Redondo Beach Police Department. It isn't yet known what caused her death to occur, but they are currently investigating the circumstances. She was aged 45.
Her death was confirmed on her Twitter account last night to the shock of the wrestling world. WWE released a statement on their website about the passing of one of their former stars that were a great hit during the Attitude Era.
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It reads: "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 talented performer, Chyna was a true sports-entertainment pioneer. Not only was the Superstar dubbed "The Ninth Wonder of the World" a founding member of the groundbreaking faction D-Generation X, but she also holds the distinction of being the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble Match and the first and only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship.
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"Upon hearing the sad news, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon tweeted the following:
"WWE extends its condolences to Laurer's family, friends and fans."
Stephanie McMahon is amongst several others from the wrestling world to have reacted to the tragic passing of Chyna. Jim Ross, RVD, Matt Hardy, Natalya, Mick Foley, MVP, Chavo Guerrero Jr, Melina, Rikishi among several other stars showed their respect on Twitter.
Chyna was an extraordinary figure during her time in the WWE, as she wasn't the usual mould of what a woman wrestler looked like at the time in the WWE. Due to that, she broke boundaries that no one thought a woman in the WWE could do.
Along with her other achievements previously mentioned, Chyna also won the WWF Women's Championship once, and she also had single match victories over the likes of Triple H, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Jeff Jarrett during her time wrestling.
Substance abuse was a big problem in her life, however, and her participation in pornographic films lead to the WWE hardly talking about her. It wasn't that long ago that Triple H said Chyna should be in the Hall of Fame, but probably won't be because of problems with children Googling her name to find her history.
The WWE will probably consider bypassing over this now due to so many other WWE Hall of Famers having bad history linked to them, but it has come too little, too late for Chyna sadly. Once again, another WWE legend has passed before they were rightfully inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
RIP Chyna, you will be truly missed.
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