Former WWE star-turned-actress Chyna 45 dies

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Chyna, the former WWE wrestler and reality TV star, was found dead in her Redondo Beach home in Los Angeles on April 20. She was 45.

The official cause of death is unknown. Chyna, whose real name is Joanie Laurer, was “found lying peacefully” in bed, according to her manager Anthony Anzaldo. Her Facebook announced the news on April 21.

“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,” the post read.

Chyna appeared in several TV shows over the last two decades, including VH1’s Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab. She also guest starred on 3rd Rock From The Sun and The Nick Cannon Show.

A larger-than-life figure, Chyna later posed for Playboy magazine before starring in several adult films, including She-Hulk XXX. She later moved to Japan to teach English.

“There’s a misconception out there in the media that I’ve become this monster,” she told Vice last year. “In the meantime, I’m just trying to get a job and live my life.” – Reuters

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