Photo: WWE legend Chyna dies at 45

4 years ago

WWE legend Chyna, whose real name was Joanie Laurer, has died.

And officials are investigating her death as a possible overdose. Officers were called to Laurer’s apartment in the 900 block of Esplanade after receiving a 911 call from a friend who said the former wrestler was not breathing.
The friend had dropped by to check on Laurer after not hearing from her

in several days.

A statement was posted to Chyna's official Twitter account confirming the death saying:

"It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her."


Chyna was a game changer during her stint with the WWE -- famously teaming up with Triple H to become one of the original members of D-Generation X. She was also the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble.

Chyna went on to pose for Playboy before transitioning to reality TV. She appeared on "The Surreal Life" in 2005.

Later, Chyna got into porn ... releasing 6 films from 2004 to 2013. She later went to Japan to teach English.

Chyna struggled with addiction for years -- and appeared on "Celebrity Rehab" back in 2008.

She posted a video to her YouTube page earlier this week -- she looked like she was struggling.

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