WWE: Chyna's manager has revealed the cause of her death

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Last week, the wrestling world was stunned to learn of the untimely death of former WWE star Chyna, real name Joanie Laurer, at the age of just 46.

At the time her passing was announced by authorities on April 20, a cause of death was not given - Redondo Beach police only going so far as to say that there were no signs of foul play.

Now, though, Chyna's manager Anthony Anzaldo has revealed the cause of his client's death. Speaking to New York Daily News, he revealed the female wrestling pioneer died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.


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“She was inappropriately taking her legally prescribed medication over the course of two to three weeks,” Anzaldo said. “On Sunday night, her body had enough.”

The concoction of prescription drugs is believed to have consisted of Ambien and Valium. Ambien is often used to help with insomnia while Valium is a drug prescribed to aid those suffering from anxiety.

Although Chyna's toxicology reports will not be accessible for another eight months, Anzaldo is convinced a recent increase in dosage of the drugs she had been taking for years is behind her death:

"Her normal amount was one thing, but over the course of time she was increasing, and not properly," he said.

"Every couple of days she'd be a little bit off of her game, a little loopy, like maybe she had taken too much but she was still coherent."

Anzoldo was the one to find the former WWE star's body at her California home last Wednesday after checking on her following a few days of failed contact, and was keen to quash unfounded rumours that Chyna had intentionally killed herself:

"It looked like she died peacefully in her sleep, there were no illegal drugs, no alcohol, it wasn't like her home was a mess," he said, via the Daily Mirror. "At this time there's no thought of it being an intentional thing."

The revelation from Chyna's manager only adds to the tragic nature of her passing. There had long been reports of the two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion struggling to overcome personal demons, but she had returned to the public eye in recent times.

Following her death, there have been calls to finally induct her into the WWE Hall of Fame. Whether that happens or not in 2017 remains to be seen.

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