Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, leaves behind a life story filled with scandals and heartbreak that redefined her once powerful career.
Where did things go wrong? In the wake of her death, which reports say may have been caused by a drug overdose, we examine her life's most troubling warning signs.
The film was the top selling adult DVD that year, but Laurer said she received no compensation, and the experience took an intense toll on her mental health.
It was done to me. When that came out, I felt really duped. That was life-changing in a really negative way. She was arrested Getty Images Laurer's relationship with Waltman was tumultuous. In , she was arrested and charged with beating Waltman after returning from the Playboy mansion, according to The New York Times. Shortly after Laurer's arrest, Waltman reportedly shared his side of the story on the message board of his official website.
Her personal struggles ultimately spilled into the taping of the show, and at one point, she admitted to cast members that she downed a bottle of pills to cope with relationship problems. Throughout the season, she repeatedly denied addiction problems, despite multiple confrontations from cast members and Dr. Drew, who wondered if she'd become addicted to steroids. According to a recap of the show from Jezebel , Laurer finally admitted during the season finale that she might have some form of addiction and agreed to enter a sober house coordinated by the show.
She was hospitalized multiple times Getty Images Shortly after her stint on Celebrity Rehab, Laurer was hospitalized after reportedly drinking too much on her 38th birthday in In , Laurer was reportedly hospitalized again after taking "4 to 5 times the prescribed amount" of Benadryl to help her sleep, according to TMZ. She was reported to have been hospitalized yet again in after collapsing at the Exxxotica Expo in Miami, but Laurer refuted those claims to E!
I feel much better now and intend to go out to the pool. To her credit, the former wrestler enjoyed a fairly successful second career as an adult film actress. A Porn Parody Starring in pornos also did wonders for her self esteem. I got paid well. This movie didn't happen to me. I was involved from beginning to end. She just posted a really weird video to YouTube In the days before her death, Laurer posted a strange video to YouTube that suggested something might be amiss.
The haunting minute clip, titled "Wake up! Nothing incriminating is shown in the video, but since initial reports say she might have died from a drug overdose inside her apartment, it's hard not to assume that her final days were dark and sad.