WWE legend and reality star Chyna found dead at 46

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WWE Legend Chyna Found Dead

Former WWE women's champion and reality TV star Chyna -; whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer-; has died. She was 46.

Her management team confirmed the news with a statement on Chyna's official Twitter account. "It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero," it read. "She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her."

Police in Southern California said they were responding to a 911 call from a friend of the former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler when they found her dead in her Redondo Beach apartment.

A friend had gone Wednesday to check on Chyna after she had failed to answer her phone for a few days, Redondo Beach police said in a statement. The friend told the 911 operator that Chyna wasn't breathing.

Chyna was dead when officers arrived, police said.

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WWE legend and reality star Chyna found dead at 46
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2003 file photo, Joanie Laurer, former pro wrestler known as Chyna, flexes her bicep as she arrives at the 31st annual American Music Awards, in Los Angeles. Chyna, the WWE star who became one of the best known and most popular female professional wrestlers in history in the late 1990s, has died at age 45. Los Angeles County coronerâs Lt. Larry Dietz says Chyna, whose real name is Joan Marie Laurer, was found dead in Redondo Beach on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
Photo by: Lee Roth STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2002 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 12/9/02 Joanie Laurer at the Billboard Music Awards. (Las Vegas, Nevada) (Star Max via AP Images)
Former professional wrestler and actress Joanie Laurer, who wrestled under the name "Chyna", arrives for the trailer screening of her new movie "Illegal Aliens", Wednesday, March 1, 2006, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
Joanie Laurer aka Chyna Doll arrives at the "Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav" in Burbank, Calif. on Sunday, July 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Wrestler JOANIE LAURER (CHYNNA) & fiancŽ SHAWN WALDMAN at the 2002 Fox Billboard Bash in Las Vegas. The party is the pre-event for the Billboard Music Awards. Credit RTNStewart / MediaPunch/IPX
Chyna pictured at the DVD release party for "Backdoor into Chyna" at Rick's Cabaret New York on November 10, 2011 ©RTStevens / MediaPunch/IPX
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 20: Chyna attends Exxxotica Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center on May 20, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. © mpi04 / Media Punch Inc../IPX
Photo by: PW/STAR MAX/IPx 11/28/01 Joanie Laurer (formerly known as Chynna for the WWF) entertains the audience as Mistress Dominatrix, at the Exotic Erotic Ball. (Webster Hall, NYC)
Photo by: LR/STAR MAX/IPx 11/16/03 Joanie Laurer at the 31st Annual American Music Awards. (Los Angeles, CA)
Photo by: GLX/STAR MAX/IPx 1/9/05 Joanie Laurer at the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards. (Pasadena, CA)
Photo by: PW/STAR MAX/IPx 11/26/01 Joanie Laurer (Chynna) at Virgin Mega Store to promote her spread in Playboy magazine. (NYC)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 02: TV personality Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer arrives at the 2007 Fox Reality Channel Really Awards held at Boulevard 3 on October 2, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Fox)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 24: TV Personality Chyna (Joanie Laurer) arrives at the Fox Reality Channel's 'Really Awards' held at Avalon Hollywood on September 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Former Pro wrestler/actress Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer visits SiriusXM Studios on June 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 01: Personality Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer and actor Greg Evigan on day 2 of The Hollywood Show held at The Westin Hotel LAX on August 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

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Neither police nor coroner's officials have released any cause of death. An autopsy was planned in the next few days.

After early success in the WWE, partnering up with Triple H, Chyna went on to become a multiple women's champion. She also wrestled in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling promotions. Chyna became a fan favorite for her willingness to mix in with the male wrestlers.

Chyna left the WWE in 2001, and her life outside the ring included modeling and bodybuilding. In 2004, she made a sex tape with her boyfriend at the time, fellow wrestler Sean Waltman, titled 1 Night in China, which led to a brief career as a pornographic actress. Chyna's notoriety led to several stints on reality shows such as VH1's The Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.

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