The cause of her death could not be ascertained as yet. Chyna was found dead at her home in Redondo Beach, California. Her manager confirmed the news on her Twitter page.
“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero,” said a message. “She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her.”
Some memorable highlights:
Chyna, whose real name was Joan Laurer, is one of the most successful female wrestlers of all time.
Chyna, known as the “The 9th Wonder of the World,” was a star of the 1990s and 2000s in the then-World Wrestling Federation.
She later posed in Playboy magazine and appeared in on reality shows such as “The Surreal Life” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”
In 1999 she competed at the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring.
She was also the first woman to be considered the number one contender to the WWF Championship, as it was known then (WWF was renamed WWE in 2002).
She beat several prominent male wrestlers – including multiple world champions Chris Jericho, Triple H, Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle.
According to one report, she was named last year as one of the most impactful women ever in the sport.