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Full NameJoan Marie Laurer

BornDecember 27, 1970




Chyna was a former wrestler, actress and body builder. Chyna first rose to prominence upon debuting in the professional wrestling promotion the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1997, where she performed under the ring name Chyna and was billed as the "Ninth Wonder of the World". She was a member of the stable D-Generation X along with Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Rick Rude.

She held the WWF Intercontinental Championship. and WWF Women's Championship, and was the first female wrestler to participate in the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring events. In January 1999, Chyna was the thirtieth entrant in the Royal Rumble, becoming the first woman ever to enter the contest.

She is the only woman to ever hold the Intercontinental Championship. One of her most memorable programs in WWE was when she was paired with Eddie Guerrero in a romantic angle.

In June 1999, Chyna became the first woman to qualify for the King of the Ring tournament. Chyna then feuded with Chris Jericho over the belt, defeating him at the Survivor Series. Since leaving the WWE in 2001, Chyna has wrestled sporadically, most notably with New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2002 and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2011. Outside of her wrestling profile, Laurer has appeared in Playboy magazine twice, acas well as numerous television shows and films. In 2005, Laurer was a cast member on VH1's The Surreal Life.

On April 20, 2016, Laurer was found dead at her home in Redondo Beach, California. She was 46 years old at the time of her death. A report of her autopsy was released in December 2016. Chyna died on April 20, due to an overdose of alcohol, combined with the anxiety drugs diazepam and nordazepam, painkillers oxycodone and oxymorphone, and sleeping aid temazepam

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