Former WWE Star Chyna Dies at 45

The pro wrestler and actress, whose real name was Joanie Laurer, died on Wednesday.

The wrestling world has lost another legend.

Former WWE star Joanie Laurer, better known as Chyna, died on Wednesday at the age of 45, Redondo Beach Police confirmed to ET.

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"WWE is saddened to learn of reports that Joanie Laurer, best known for competing in WWE as Chyna, has passed away," the WWE said to ET in a statement. "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. WWE extends its condolences to Laurer's family, friends and fans."

Announcements were also posted on the former pro wrestler and actress’ social media accounts, as well as her official website.

Police discovered Laurer's body in her Redondo Beach apartment on Wednesday. Her exact cause of death is still under investigation.

“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero,” read the memorial on Chyna’s official Facebook page. “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.”

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In addition to wrestling for the World Wrestling Federation from 1997-2001, Laurer also appeared on the fourth season of VH1’s The Surreal Life and the first season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. She was also an adult film actress and a two-time AVN Award winner.

Laurer posted a selfie to Instagram on Sunday, thanking her fans for their support.

“Happy Sunday my lovelies I hope you all enjoy your day with your family,” she wrote. “Be Happy, Love each other, and Live in Peace!”

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Two weeks ago, the former WWE pro missed her schedule appearance at Wrestlecon in Dallas, Texas, and posted an apology on her social media pages.

“From the bottom of my heart I want to apologize to all of my fans who came out to wrestlecon to see me,” Laurer wrote. “Things did not work out as I had planned and I will make it up to you guys at some point. Just know that I am ok.”

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