Cape Town - Joanie Laurer, the groundbreaking female wrestler known as Chyna, has died.
Police in Redondo Beach, California, confirm that Laurer, 45, was found dead in her apartment on Wednesday.
"It is with deep sadness to inform you that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world, has passed away," said a post on her website.
Police say they were notified by a friend who went to check on her and found Laurer unresponsive.
The cause of death is under investigation, but police say there are no signs of foul play.