Ex-WWE wrestling star Chyna dies aged 45

Wrestler, bodybuilder and porn actress was 'found peacefully in her home'

Former wrestling star Chyna has passed away at the age of 45, reports confirm.

The wrestler, bodybuilder and porn actress (real name Joanie Laurer) is best known for her stint as Chyna in the WWE (then WWF) between 1997 to 2001. After parting ways with the company, Chyna wrestled sporadically, joining New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2002 and returning to the ring with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2011.

The news of her death has been confirmed by the official Chyna Twitter account, with a statement reading: “It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer, AKA Chyna, the 9th Wonder of the World has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her.”

Chyna’s manager told E! News that the star “was found peacefully in her home in Redondo Beach [California] this afternoon.”

The cause of death has not yet been announced but TMZ reports that officials are investigating a “possible overdose”. This has not been verified.

Outside of wrestling, Laurer appeared on VH1’s reality TV show The Surreal Life in 2005 and commercially released a sex tape with fellow wrestler Sean Waltman (X-Pac) in 2004. She went on to appear in several more adult movies.