Professional Wrestler and VH1 Reality Star Chyna Has Died at 46


It is with a heavy heart that VH1 reports, we have lost one of our own. Wrestler and reality star Joanie Laurer, known professionally as Chyna, has sadly passed away at the age of 46, according to a statement made to her official Twitter account.

It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer AKA Chyna, the 9th World 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.

Laurer found international stardom in the late ’90s as a professional wrestler in the WWE under the name Chyna and billed as “the 9th World Wonder of the World.” Following her wrestling career, she dabbled in acting, adult films, modeling, and, of course, reality TV.

Chyna found new life on VH1 on the fourth season of The Surreal Life opposite the likes of Da Brat, Adrianne Curry, Christopher Knight, and Verne Troyer. Chyna made an impression for her partying ways, her willingness to often be nude, and her volatile relationship with her ex-boyfriend wrestler Sean Waltman.

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