Former WWE women’s champion and reality TV star Chyna, real name Joanie Laurer, has been found dead at at an apartment in Redondo Beach, California at the age of 45, police have confirmed.
The wrestler was found by a friend who immediately called police. Redondo Beach Police said in a statement that the friend had gone to check on Chyna after she had failed to answer her phone for a few days, and told emergency services that Chyna wasn’t breathing.
Her management team confirmed the news with a statement on Chyna’s official Twitter account. “It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero,” a statement posted on her Twitter account.
The cause of death is not yet known, but Police said they were investigating the cause of her death on Wednesday night at her home in Redondo Beach, California, but there were no obvious signs of foul play, BBC reports.