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Former Intercontinental Champion Chyna Found Dead In Her Home, WWE Universe Responds

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Chyna, one third of the D-Generation X stable with Shawn Michaels and Triple H, was found dead in her home just south of Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Joan Marie Laurer was 45.

https://twitter.com/ChynaJoanLaurer/status/723002666834497536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Cause of death isn’t immediately clear, but according to a Redondo Beach Police Department statement there were no signs of foul play and an investigation is open to determine if her death was accidental or natural.

“On April 20, 2016, Redondo Beach Police Officers were dispatched to an apartment unit in the 900 block of Esplanade. The Redondo Beach Police received a 9-1-1 call from a friend of the apartment unit resident that the female inside was not breathing. The friend told Redondo Beach Police that the female had not answered her phone in a few days, and went to the location to check on her welfare.”

Wrestlers and executives from the WWE will also clearly miss Chyna, who may have paved the widest path for women in the WWE. As the only woman to hold the Intercontinental title, she regularly beat the ever living shit out the male Superstars. In addition to that, she was also the only women to ever compete in the annual Royal Rumble.

Chyna struggled with addiction for years and it was well documented on her appearances on “The Surreal Life” and “Celebrity Rehab.” Her posing in Playboy helped her step from her WWE persona and into another on screen life of porn. She will definitely be remembered as one of the cornerstones of the WWE Attitude Era.

I’m sure there will be many more tributes tweeted and instagrammed throughout the day.  It will be interesting to see if the WWE does a tribute tonight on Smackdown or if they wait until Monday Night Raw.

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