Former professional wrestler and actress Chyna (a.k.a. Joanie Laurer) was found dead in her home yesterday and may have dead for several days as she was last seen in public on Monday and had not responded to phone calls since. No cause of death has been reported, but she did have a lengthy history of substance abuse. She was 46.
Chyna was one of the most popular figures in the WWE (then known as the WWF) in the late 1990's and early 2000's. With her muscular physique, she was often booked into matches with male wrestlers. Her popularity was such that it transcended wrestling with appearances on shows like 3rd Rock From The Sun and a New York Times best-selling autobiography If Only They Knew which detailed a troubled relationship with her family including when her father took out $40,000 worth of loans in her name destroying her credit. It could be said that Chyna was the Ronda Rousey of her day.