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Former WWE women's champion Chyna dead at 45

Obit-Chyna (File) Joanie Laurer, former pro wrestler known as Chyna, flexes her bicep as she arrives at the 31st annual American Music Awards, in Los Angeles | AP
  • It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. She will live forever in the memories of all of us that loved her—statement on Chyna's Twitter page

Former WWE women's champion and reality TV star Chyna, real name Joanie Laurer, has died at the age of 45.

A statement on her Twitter page by her team confirmed the news of her passing.

"It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. "She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her," the statement read.

The reason behind her death is not clear. ProWrestlingSheet.com said that Chyna was discovered Wednesday afternoon at her home in Southern California.

After a career in WWE, Chyna took to modeling and bodybuilding. She made a sex tape with her then boyfriend in 2004 that led to a brief career as a pornographic actress, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

She also had several stints on reality shows like "The Surreal Life" and "Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew".

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Topics : #wrestling | #Death | #WWE

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