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Former pro wrestler Joanie “Chyna” Laurer has died. She was 45.

The news was posted on the former WWE star’s official Facebook and Twitter pages earlier today.

“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero,” the post reads. “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 made her World Wrestling Federation (WWF) – now known as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) – debut in 1997 and left in 2001.

“Not only was the superstar dubbed ‘The Ninth Wonder of the World’ (and) a founding member of the groundbreaking faction D-Generation X, but she also holds the distinction of being the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble Match and the first and only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship,” the WWE said in a post on its website.

Laurer, who was featured twice in Playboy magazine, also appeared in adult films and reality TV shows, including “The Surreal Life: Fame Games” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew

Category: Nerd Culture

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