All of these developments have their roots in Chyna, who was a game-changer in terms of physicality for WWE women, and as a presentation of muscular beauty and sex appeal through a pair of highly publicized appearances in Playboy in the late 1990s. The 45-year-old wrestling legend had a prior history of addiction issues. In 2007, viewers saw a different side of Chyna when she appeared on the reality TV show “The Surreal Life“.
“On April 20, 2016, Redondo Beach Police Officers were dispatched to an apartment unit in the 900 block of Esplanade”. The police are conducting an investigation, but they do not suspect foul play.
After leaving the WWE in 2001, Ms. Laurer published an autobiography, “If They Only Knew”.
She trained at Walter “Killer” Kowalski’s wrestling school and eventually claimed she could bench press more than 280 pounds. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio today that friends of Chyna’s had been discussing a possible intervention recently. During her tumultuous relationship with fellow wrestler Sean Waltman, she filmed a sex episode with him that made her a target for negative criticism.
The tall, muscle-bound, raven-haired Chyna billed herself as the “9th Wonder of the World” because her wrestling predecessor Andre the Giant had already called himself the eighth.
After watching a WWF event in 1994, Ms. Laurer began training with the legendary Killer Kowalski ultimately making her professional debut in 1995. “A pioneer whose star shined bright”. McMahon and Triple H, for their part, tweeted touching tributes following Laurer’s death. She was found dead in her home located in Redondo Beach, Calif., on Wednesday afternoon, as the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner told FOX411. She then pointed the camera out toward her view of the beach. At one point, while surveying the view from her seaside apartment, she asks, “How lucky am I?” There was never anybody like her before her, and there will never be anybody like her after.
Hit the flip for reactions from fans, and members of her WWE family. Sadly for her and those who loved her news of her passing has been over shadowed by the death of another entertainer, Prince.
She went on to become the only female to hold the WWF Intercontinental Championship – twice – and won the WWF Women’s Championship once. On screen, she took what she said was a B12 vitamin, which she said was important because she was a vegan.
Chyna, whose real name was Joanie Laurer, joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1997. “She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that her”.
Joan Marie Laurer was born in Rochester, N.Y., on December 27, 1969, and grew up in one of its suburbs, Penfield, N.Y. She studied at the local high school, graduated from the University of Tampa with a degree in Spanish literature, was a trainee with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, and once contemplated a career in law enforcement.