Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, one of the WWE Attitude Era’s most influential women, has passed away at the age of 45.
Redondo Beach Police have released the following statement regarding the passing of former WWE Women’s Champion, Chyna.
Here are some words from fellow wrestlers on Twitter:
I was fortunate enough to meet her only once but her energy and her words were so kind. The world needs more people like that. #RIPChyna
— Madison Rayne (@MadisonRayne) April 21, 2016
I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016
Shattered glass ceilings, kicked down doors, broke gender barriers, she was an anomaly & untouchable. Rest now-ur legacy lives on #RIPChyna
— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) April 21, 2016
— Amy Dumas (@AmyDumas) April 21, 2016
Tragic to hear about the passing of Chyna. A true pioneer. #RIPChyna
— Becky Lynch (@BeckyLynchWWE) 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 truly a pioneer in women’s wrestling being the first woman to hold a male championship (Intercontinental Championship) as well as the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble. She seemingly fell on hard times in recent years and made some questionable decisions, but wrestling fans will forever remember the impact she left on the industry.