Former WWE Star Chyna Dead at 46


Former WWE star Chyna died this week at the age of 46.

According to reports, the 1990s wrestling star was found dead in her Redondo Beach apartment by a friend on Wednesday (April 20), who went to check on her after trying to reach her on the phone for a few days.

Authorities have not revealed a cause of death, but an autopsy is planned for sometime over the next few days.

"Today 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," a statement on her official website reads.

Chyna shot to fame in the mid-1990s, after joining the WWE (then WWF). She was billed as the "9th Wonder of the World", and entered as a member of the wrestling squad D-Generation X, and often wrestled against men. She was the WWE women's champion at one point in her career.

She eventually left the WWE in 2001, after which she appeared in Playboy, as well as adult films and reality TV, including The Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

WWE executive Stephanie McMahon expressed her sympathies in a tweet early Thursday.