Iconic WWE Superstar, Joan Marie Laurer was also known as Chyna, has finally been laid to rest. Her ashes have now been dispersed at sea in a rhinestone urn, via a $1500 an hour yacht, close to Los Angeles.
The 46-year-old’s life was tragically cut short after she passed away due to a drug overdose. Her body was found in her apartment in Redondo Beach, California.
Here is Chyna’s last message before her death:
According to her former manager, Anthony Anzaldo, her untimely death was a result of a deadly mix of Valium and Ambien. She was on medication for anxiety and insomnia, which eventually led to her passing away on 20th April 2016.
Chyna was one of the founding members of the great WWE stable, D-generation X. She became the promotion’s first female enforcer. Chyna is also the only woman in the history of professional wrestling to have held WWF Intercontinental Champion twice and was also WWF Women’s Champion once.
Watch Chyna making her RAW debut on 17th May 1997:
Furthermore, she is also the only female wrestler to have participated in Royal Rumble and King of the Ring events, becoming number one contender for WWF Championship in that process. Chyna was a phenomenon, who defied gender norms and has been an inspiration for female wrestlers for over a decade.
Joan Marie Laurer, was a pioneer of inter-gender wrestling, holding notable victories against prominent wrestlers like Triple H, Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarret. Despite leaving a lasting legacy behind her, Chyna was never inducted into the illustrious WWE Hall Of Fame.
Jim Ross has mentioned Chyna’s overwhelming desire to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Stone Cold and Triple H, also shared their thoughts on the subject on the Stone Cold Podcast, with the later claiming that it was her association with pornography, that prevented her from being inducted.
Shortly after her death, Triple H went on record saying that she ‘definitely warranted’ a place in the Hall of Fame.
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