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Former pro wrestler Joanie "Chyna" Laurer, pictured here with Triple H in 1999, died April 20, 2016, KTLA reports. She was 45.

Joan 'Chyna' Laurer (1969-2016) was an American pro wrestler, glamour model, pornographic film actress, and bodybuilder. On April 20, 2016, Laurer was found dead at her home in Redondo Beach, California. She was 46 years old. Initial police reports stated that she probably died of an accidental overdose or natural causes. Her manager suggested that any overdose was accidental, claiming that she was prescribed drugs but tended to use them improperly


Joanie “Chyna” Laurer - She was a pioneer that took women from the sidelines of combat sports (however scripted) and legitimized them as viable, popular competitors. Sadly she was the youngest on this list when she died April 20th, 2016 at only 46 years old.

Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer attends the Raising the Stakes for Cerebral Palsy Celebrity Poker Tournament at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino hosted by the One Step Closer Foundation to raise funds and awareness for people with cerebral palsy on June 19, 2015 in

From WWE legend to porn star: Why you need to care about pioneering woman wrestler Chyna

JOANIE “CHYNA” LAURER (DEC. 27, 1970 – APRIL 20, 2016) The former professional wrestler and adult film actress, better known by her ring name Chyna, was found dead in her home outside Los Angeles. She won the WWF (now WWE) Intercontinental Championship twice, was the first woman to participate in the Royal Rumble events, and defeated prominent male wrestlers like Triple H and Jeff Jarrett. She also appeared in the Playboy magazine as well as several reality TV shows.

WWE legend Chyna found dead at 45 in California home

#Chyna dies at 45!!! Who rose to fame as a #wrestler and #Diva in @WWE and part-time #actress, was found dead Wednesday in her Redondo Beach home, authorities said. | She joins a long list of #WWE professional wrestlers who have died relatively young, including #RickRude, #CurtHennig, the #UltimateWarrior & #OwenHart. ~ @asifahsankhan via @telegraphlife


WWE legend Chyna 'found dead at home aged 45'

Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, was found dead at her home at the age of 45 on Wednesday. Police attended the property after a 911 call from a friend of the star.

Chyna - Joanie Laurer