Chyna’s manager has claimed that the former WWE wrestling star died from an accidental overdose of prescription sleeping pills and tranquillisers.
The star was found dead at her home in Redondo Beach, California last week (April 20). She was 45. TMZ reported at the time that officials were investigating a “possible overdose”.
Now her manager, Anthony Anzaldo, has claimed that there is a “98% certainty” that the cause of death was overdose
“She accidentally, over the course of two or three weeks, misused her legally prescribed medication,” Anzaldo is quoted as saying, as reported by BBC Newsbeat.
Anzaldo added that the star “wasn’t depressed” but that there was “a lot was going on in her life emotionally”. Chyna might have been “self-medicating a little bit more than she should have”, he said.
No official cause of death has been released by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, with results of toxicology tests not yet revealed.
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 last week, 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.”
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.