One of the most prolific female wrestlers of all time, Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer, passed away at age 45 in her home in Redondo Beach, California. The Redondo Beach police were notified by a friend who went to check on her and found Laurer unresponsive. The cause of death is unknown, but police have ruled out foul play.
Chyna had many accomplishments in the WWE, including being one of the founding members of the popular group Degeneration-X, a female entrant in the Royal Rumble and the only woman to ever hold WWE's Intercontinental Title.
Joanie's Twitter account this morning released this statement.
#RipChyna 😢😢😢 all of us on team Chyna love you and will love you forever babe.
— Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) April 21, 2016
Several of her friends and current WWE superstars also took to Twitter to pay their condolences to the former legend.
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) April 21, 2016
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016
Just woke up to the news of @ChynaJoanLaurer passing. So sad to hear, she was an amazing lady & I will miss her greatly!!
— Shawn Michaels (@ShawnMichaels) April 21, 2016
Tragic to hear about the passing of Chyna. A true pioneer. #RIPChyna
— Becky Lynch (@BeckyLynchWWE) April 21, 2016
— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) April 21, 2016
— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) April 21, 2016
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