Joan Marie Laurer, who went by the stage name Chyna (December 27, 1969-April 20, 2016), was one of the best-known and most-popular professional female wrestlers in history. Tall, muscle-bound and raven-haired, she often wrestled against men, and earned the WWE women's championship title. Chyna died at age 45 in Redondo Beach, California.
A member of a wrestling squad "D-Generation X," she billed herself as the "9th Wonder of the World." She also briefly appeared in adult films, some with a wrestling theme.
In her bestselling 2001 autobiography, "If They Only Knew," she wrote about her early battles with bulimia, and getting into bodybuilding. She also wrote about her love for playing the cello, appreciating "how big and unwieldy it was."