REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Police in Southern California say they were responding to a 911 call from a friend of former WWE wrestler Chyna when they found her dead in her apartment.
Redondo Beach police said in a statement that the friend had gone Wednesday to check on Chyna, whose real name is Joan Marie Laurer, after she had failed to answer her phone for a few days. The friend told the 911 operator that Laurer wasn’t breathing.
Police say the 46-year-old Laurer was dead when officers arrived. Several media outlets report that she was 45. Neither police nor coroner’s officials have released any cause of death.
Laurer in the 1990s became one of the most prominent female professional wrestlers in history.