POPULAR wrestler Chyna, the first woman to win the Intercontinental crown in the WWE, has passed away. She was 45.
The death was confirmed by Chyna’s team on her official Twitter account.
“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life super hero. 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,” said the team in a tweet.
According to a report by ABC7’s George Peennacchio, Chyna was found dead in her Redondo Beach home, after the former wrestler hasn’t responded to phone calls for days. Police indicated there were no signs of foul play.
The WWE also announced the death of Chyna on its website.
“She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed,” wrote WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon.
Chyna began her career in the WWE in 1997, and became the first and only woman to capture the Intercontinental title. She also held the women’s title in 2001.