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Former WWE Superstar Chyna Found Dead at 45: WWE Universe Reacts on Twitter
Sad news from the world of professional wrestling as former WWE superstar Chyna was found dead in her home on Wednesday night. No word yet on the possible cause of death but authorities are investigating a possible drug overdose.
After not being heard from for a few days, one of Joanie “Chyna” Laurer’s friends went to check on her at her residence and found her unresponsive in her bedroom. A call to the police was made at 7:30pm PT. When police arrived, they searched the residence and found some prescription bottles, but no illegal drugs were present and there were no signs of foul play.
Chyna wrestled for over a decade in the WWE, TNA, and the New Japan Pro Wrestling circuits. She is the only woman to have ever won the WWE Intercontinental Championship, and she was also the first female to enter a WWE Royal Rumble. She had several defining victories against former WWE champions, including Triple H, Kurt Angle, and Chris Jericho.
The following message was posted on her Facebook:
Here’s how the WWE Universe responded to Chyna’s passing on Twitter:
Someone who wasn’t afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 21, 2016
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016
Condolences to the family & friends of @ChynaJoanLaurer. Hopefully her troubled soul has found peace.
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) April 21, 2016
— WWE (@WWE) April 21, 2016
My prayers go out to Joanie Laurer and her family. It’s very sad to hear this news. Chyna was revolutionary for women in wrestling.
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) April 21, 2016
Rest easy baby girl! @ChynaJoanLaurer
— GOLDUST (@Goldust) April 21, 2016
— Louie Ven†ura ⚡ (@LouieVentura) April 21, 2016
— Kevin Nash (@RealKevinNash) April 21, 2016
Thank you for your hard work in & outside of the ring!
May your soul find the peace you needed on earth! pic.twitter.com/QkpcdrNO7L
— Alpha Female (@alphafemale1) April 21, 2016
Wow I just heard @ChynaJoanLaurer passed. Sad… My Prayers go out to you and your family Joanie. RIP my friend.
— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) April 21, 2016
Just woke up to the news of @ChynaJoanLaurer passing. So sad to hear, she was an amazing lady & I will miss her greatly!!
— Shawn Michaels (@ShawnMichaels) April 21, 2016
Tragic to hear about the passing of Chyna. A true pioneer. #RIPChyna
— Becky Lynch (@BeckyLynchWWE) April 21, 2016
Devastated over Chyna passing,she dated Brutus years before wrestling,such a beautiful soul and so kind to my children,rip Joanie love u. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 21, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Joanie “Chyna” today. RIP Joanie.
— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) April 21, 2016
— Bobby Roode (@REALBobbyRoode) April 21, 2016
— Bubba Ray Dudley (@BubbaRayDudley) April 21, 2016
It really makes me SICK that because of the disgraceful, idiotic politics in WWE, Chyna never got to see herself inducted into the WWE HOF.
— Robby The Brain™ (@RobbyTheBrain) April 21, 2016
— Deonna Purrazzo (@DeonnaPurrazzo) April 21, 2016
— Brooke Adams (@RealBrookeAdams) April 21, 2016
Condolences to the friends, family and fans of @ChynaJoanLaurer. Too young, too sad.
— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) April 21, 2016
Still thinking of the sudden passing of @ChynaJoanLaurer Wednesday. A gentle
albeit troubled soul. What are your favorite
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) April 21, 2016
Reminded life is so fragile with the loss of a pioneer for women in wrestling, Chyna. Our heartfelt condolences to her family and fans. ABxo
— The Ultimate Warrior (@UltimateWarrior) April 21, 2016
Chyna was always an underrated part of the Attitude Era. It’s sad that she wasn’t already honored in the @WWE Hall of Fame. Fix that.
— Adam Rank (@adamrank) April 21, 2016
#RipChyna all of us on team Chyna love you and will love you forever babe.
— Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) April 21, 2016
Hat Tip – [TMZ]