Chyna's death was from accidental overdose of medication: Manager

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Former Pro Wrestling Star Chyna Found Dead at 46

Chyna's manager said Wednesday he believes the pioneer wrestling star died of an accidental overdose of Ambien and Valium.

"She accidentally and unintentionally misused her legally prescribed medication over the course of 2-3 weeks. It's an epidemic," manager Anthony Anzaldo said in an email.

Chyna, born Joanie Laurer, was billed by the WWE as the "Ninth Wonder of the World" during her wrestling career. The Los Angeles Times first reported the manager's comments.

Chyna died last week at age 46 in her Redondo Beach, California, home.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has not yet ruled on a cause of death. It said a ruling is deferred pending additional investigation.

Coroner's office Assistant Chief Ed Winter said full test results aren't expected back for the next couple of months. "It is not closed," Winter said of the case.

"It's premature to give a cause of death on a case that the final tests are not in yet," Winter said.

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Chyna's death was from accidental overdose of medication: Manager
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)

Anzaldo said Chyna died after falling asleep April 17 and that he found her at 3:30 p.m. April 20 after being unable to contact her.

"She fell asleep on Sunday night and peacefully took her last breath," Anzaldo said. He said there were no alcohol or drugs, legal or illegal, at the scene.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has not yet ruled on a cause of death. It said a ruling is deferred pending additional investigation.

Laurer was a female pioneer in the male-dominated sport of professional wrestling during the mid- to late-1990s, becoming the first woman to compete in the WWF Royal Rumble. She was also the first woman to become an Intercontinental Champion in 1999 and again in 2000.

Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan called her a "beautiful soul." Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer for WWE, hailed her as a "pioneer."

The wrestler-turned-reality TV star and, later, adult film actress found fitness as an escape from a difficult childhood, according to the bio on her official website.

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