American actress, Playboy model, and professional wrestler Joanie Laurer aka Chyna. Photot taken at the 2007 Scream Awards. By pinguino k from North Hollywood, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
American actress, Playboy model, and professional wrestler Joanie Laurer aka Chyna. Photo taken at the 2007 Scream Awards. By pinguino k from North Hollywood, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
It’ll be awhile before we know what killed Playboy model, adult actress and professional wrestler Chyna.

The coroner has deferred a ruling on the cause of death of professional wrestler Joan Laurer, better known as Chyna, who died in her Redondo Beach apartment.

The coroner’s office says in a posting Monday on its website that reporting the cause of death has been deferred pending additional investigation.

Officers went to Chyna’s apartment in the 900 block of Esplanade Wednesday evening after they received a 911 call from a friend of the 46-year- old performer  who told them she had gone to the residence to check on her welfare since Laurer had not answered her phone in several days, said Redondo Beach police Sgt. Shawn Freeman.

Officers entered the apartment and found Laurer dead, Freeman said adding, there were no indications the death was a result of foul play. Laurer’s manager, Anthony Anzaldo, told NBC4 that she died in her sleep.

On her Facebook page, TheRealChyna.com, Felix, a member of Team Chyna, posted this message about 9 p.m. Wednesday: “It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer, aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her.”

Laurer, who was listed as 5 feet 10 and 180 pounds, rose to fame in the then-World Wrestling Federation in 1997 by wrestling men and was credited with putting women’s wrestling on the map. She also posed for Playboy, made a few adult films and appeared on the reality show, “The Surreal Life,” in 2005.

The celebrity news website TMZ.com reported that Chyna had also struggled with drug addiction for years and appeared on the reality show, “Celebrity Rehab,” in 2008.

Laurer was born in Rochester, New York, in a house plagued by family violence, according to broadcast reports.

—City News Service

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