Joanie Laurer, better known by her stage name, Chyna, was found dead in her Los Angeles home early Thursday morning. This statement was released on her twitter account:
The “Ninth Wonder of the World” was a pioneer for female wrestlers and athletes in general. Chyna began her career in the WWE as a bodyguard of Triple H and then became a member of the iconic wrestling stable D-generation X. Chyna went on to have a successful career in the WWE from 1997-2001. In 1999 she became the first woman entrant in a Royal Rumble match. She was also the first woman #1 contender for the WWE championship, was a 3x Intercontinental champion, and a Women’s champion in 2001.
Chyna was 45.