Former American WWE star Joanie Laurer also known as Chyna, 45,was found dead in her apartment Wednesday afternoon, according to her manager.
Her manager confirmed the news of her demise on her official Twitter page.
“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero,” said a message.
“She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her.”
#RipChyna 😢😢😢 all of us on team Chyna love you and will love you forever babe.
— Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) April 21, 2016
The 46-year-old wrestler had not been seen or heard from for a few days, according to law enforcement sources. A friend found her unconscious in the bedroom of her apartment on Thursday in Redondo Beach, CA, after which she informed the police at 7:30 pm.
No actual cause of her death has yet been announced.
Police officers are investigating the cause of Chyna’s death as a possible drug overdose after finding prescription bottles in her apartment and due to her history with drugs.
Chyna joined WWE in 1997 and went on to become the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble and has teamed up with other successful wrestlers, including Triple H. She also became one of the members of D-Generation X during her career.
She beat several prominent male wrestlers – including multiple world champions Chris Jericho, Triple H, Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle.
The WWE released the following statement Wednesday evening:
“WWE is saddened to learn of reports that Joanie Laurer, best known for competing in WWE as Chyna, has passed away.
“A physically striking and talented performer, Chyna was a true sports-entertainment pioneer. Not only was the Superstar dubbed “The Ninth Wonder of the World” a founding member of the groundbreaking faction D-Generation X, but she also holds the distinction of being the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble Match and the first and only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship.”
Upon hearing the sad news, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon tweeted the following:
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016
Chyna was named last year as one of the most impactful women ever in the sport.
After leaving wrestling, Chyna appeared in Playboy Magazine twice before appearing on several reality TV shows including The Surreal Life in 2005.
Chyna has battled with her addiction for years. She appeared on the show “Celebrity Rehab” in 2008.
Chyna will be remembered as one of the most successful female wrestlers of all time.
With Inputs from BBC and TMZ Sports