OG Reality Star And Wrestling Legend Chyna Dies At 46
While the rest of the world was smoking blunts and licking the bottom of a long-empty Doritos bags, wrestling fans were mourning the loss of one of their greats.Â
Last night, WWE wrestling legend Chyna was found dead in her Redondo Beach apartment.
After not hearing from Chyna for a few days, according to TMZ,Â one of her friends went to her apartment to check on her, only to find Chyna unresponsive in her bedroom. There were no signs of foul play, and while police are still investigating her cause of death, it’s suspected that she died from a drug overdose due to the variousÂ prescription pill bottlesÂ found around herÂ home.
She was 46 years old, although different news outlets are reportingÂ different ages.
Chyna leaves behind an illustrious career that was full of firsts. In 1997,Â back when professional wrestling was having a moment, Chyna burst onto the WWE scene playing bodyguard to a big macho guy named Triple H, and later became the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble, King of the Ring, and the Intercontinental Championship, where she fought against dudes like The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
In 2000, Chyna posed for Playboy, and gave the issue one of its best-selling issues at the time, proving that just because you have muscles and beat up dudes for a living doesn’t mean you can’t be a major babe.
After her WWE career ended ChynaÂ capitalized on her mainstream fame, becoming one of the first reality stars, starring in â€œThe Surreal Lifeâ€ in 2005 and “Celebrity Rehab” in 2008, where she sought help for her addiction to alcohol.
In 2004, after the successful release of her sex tape, “1 Night In China,” Chyna released 6 porn filmsÂ over the next 8 yearsÂ before finally traveling to Japan to teach English, as all retired wrestlers-turned-reality-star-turned-porn-stars eventually do.
Chyna may have left the world too soon, but at least she lived a full, badass life.