WWE’s first ever women’s champion Chyna has died aged 45 at her home in California.

Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, had a history with drug abuse and it is expected her death was a result of an overdose.

Police at Redondo Beach, California are investigating the death after they discovered her body on Wednesday.


Chyna made her professional wrestling debut in 1997 making an instant impact and quickly earned her nickname of ‘The Ninth Wonder Of The World’.

After quitting wrestling in 2001, Laurer ventured into a career in pornography and also appeared on reality show ‘The Surreal Life’.

In 2010, she was hospitalised after an overdose of sleeping pills, and it’s this history that has made the police susspicious of her death on Wednesday.


Tweets from WWE fans have been flooding the social media platform since the news broke, with many thanking Laurer for changing the dimensions of professional wrestling.

Earlier this week, Laurer posted a haunting 13-minute video on her YouTube page, that showed her speaking with a croaked voice, breathing heavily and slurring her words as she made herself a smoothie.