Joan Laurer, known to the world as the wrestler Chyna, has died at the age of 45.
According to CNN, Laurer was found dead in her Redondo Beach, Calif. apartment on Wednesday (Apr. 20) after a friend found her unresponsive. The cause of death has yet to be determined, although police say there are no signs of foul play.
Chyna, nicknamed "the 9th wonder of the world," entered the wrestling world in the mid-90s and quickly became one of the most iconic female wrestlers of all time. Her autobiography, If They Only Knew, was released in 2001, the same year she left the WWF after becoming the first female to participate in the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring specials.
An outpouring of emotion had occurred in the wrestling world following news of Chyna's death:
Joanie, I'm so sorry. I will always treasure our friendship and will never forget your kindness to my children. RIP https://t.co/pVV0KjbkFt— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 21, 2016
Saddened to hear of the passing of Chyna. My condolences to her family. Celebrate her life & the footprint she left on the world #RIPChyna— The Miz (@mikethemiz) April 21, 2016
Chyna was fearless to no man & a huge part of #womenswrestling her impact will never be forgotten. thoughts & prayers are with her family 💜— Charlotte (@MsCharlotteWWE) April 21, 2016