Chyna's Death Caused by Accidental Overdose, Manager Reveals

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16:  Television personality Joanie Laurer arrives at the 2008 ESPY Awards held at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on July 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  The 2008 ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 20 at 9PM ET on ESPN.  (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
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Former WWE Superstar Chyna died of an accidental overdose on prescription drugs Ambien and Valium, according to her manager, Anthony Anzaldo.

"She accidentally and unintentionally misused her legally prescribed medication over the course of 2-3 weeks. It's an epidemic," Anzaldo said Wednesday, per Phil Helsel and Andrew Rudansky of NBC News.

Chyna, born Joanie Laurer, was found dead April 20 in her California home. She was 46. One of the most decorated female stars in WWE history, Chyna had issues with substance abuse during her life. She made an appearance on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and revealed problems with mental health to go along with drinking and drugs.

Anzaldo said this was not a case of her succumbing to addiction. He said the drugs were legally prescribed but Chyna "wasn’t using them properly," per Veronica Rocha of the Los Angeles Times.

“You are not going to find 60 pills in her stomach,” Anzaldo told Rocha.

An official cause of death has not yet been determined. The Los Angeles County coroner's office is currently investigating the cause and will release an official report at its conclusion. No timetable has been set.

Chyna is the only female Intercontinental Champion in WWE history and was a former women's champion. She left WWE in 2001 before spending time in New Japan Wrestling and TNA. Her post-wrestling work included stints in reality shows, movies and adult films. 

 

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