Coroner postpones ruling in cause of death of wrestling star Chyna
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has deferred a ruling in the cause of death of the wrestling star known as Chyna, who was found dead in her Redondo Beach home Wednesday.
On its website, the coroner’s office reported that the cause was deferred, pending additional investigation.
Redondo Beach police said officers found Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, dead on her bed, after receiving a call from her friend about a woman not breathing. The friend told police that Chyna had not answered her phone in a few days.
There were no signs of foul play, police said.
Chyna was a star in World Wrestling Entertainment, starting in the mid-1990s. She was a member of a wrestling squad that called itself “D-Generation X” and often wrestled against men. At one point, she was the WWE women’s champion.
She also acted, in adult entertainment and mainstream films. She appeared on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” in 2008, where she talked about her alcohol and substance abuse.
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