WWE legend Chyna dead at age 45

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WWE legend Chyna, born Joanie Laurer, died Wednesday, according to a message posted on her Facebook page. She was 45.

"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," the post read.

Police in Redondo Beach, Calif., confirmed that Laurer was found dead Wednesday in her apartment. Police said they were notified by a friend who went to check on Lauer and found her unresponsive. The cause of death is under investigation, but police said there are no signs of foul play.

Chyna was the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring events. She also appeared on VH1's "The Surreal Life" in 2005 and "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" in 2008.

Her 2001 autobiography is titled "If They Only Knew" and calls her "part feminist, part superhero, Chyna blazed a trail where no woman had gone before."

Chyna's last message to her fans was a YouTube video posted Sunday from her home that was also published on her Facbeook page.

Friends and fans took to Twitter to extend their condolences.

"Thoughts and prayers go out to Chyna's family. She was always cool with me. #Rip9thWonder," wrote wrestler James Storm on Twitter.

Stephanie McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) posted, "She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna."

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