WWE's Chyna Died from Lethal Combo of Prescription Medication And Alcohol, Autopsy Reveals

WWE's Chyna Died from Lethal Combo of Prescription Medication And Alcohol, Autopsy Reveals

By Britni de la Cretaz 12/27/16

The WWE star passed away last April.  

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The results of former WWE star Chyna’s autopsy have been released, and show that she died from a lethal combination of painkillers, muscle relaxers, and alcohol. Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, passed away last spring at the age of 46.

According to a report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, toxicology tests showed that Chyna had ingested “a mix of alcohol and diazepam, which is marketed as Valium; nordazepam; oxycodone; oxymorphone; and temazepam, a medication used to treat insomnia.” Her manager said her death was the result of an accidental overdose, and not an intentional suicide.

Chyna had a well-documented history of drug addiction, with suspicions beginning when she appeared on an episode of Howard Stern’s show and was audibly slurring her words. At the time, she told Stern that she wanted to get sober but wouldn’t be able to resist cocaine if it was in front of her.

In 2008, she appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. While on the show, Chyna struggled to admit that she had a problem. During the final episode, she finally said she “might just be” an addict, though she never revealed what she was addicted to. She agreed to move into the sober living facility offered to all cast members. But as recently as 2015, Chyna was still denying that she had a problem, telling her ex-fiancé, Sean Waltman, that her drug use was "part of experimentation” when she was in Hollywood during an interview on the Opie with Jimmy Show in June of that year.

Chyna’s mother told investigators that her daughter was an “alcoholic and drank cheap wine, and she was addicted to prescription medication,” according to the coroner’s report. Her body was found by her manager, Anthony Anzaldo, in her Redondo Beach home. After Chyna’s death, it was revealed that she was scheduled to appear on the A&E show Intervention just days later.

According to sources, Chyna had been filming the documentary The Reconstruction of Chyna, and the stress of filming may have triggered her to relapse or begin misusing her prescribed medications. Anzaldo told Entertainment Tonight that her intervention would have been filmed whether she was on the A&E show or not, as part of her documentary. 

At the time of Chyna’s death, multiple bottles of prescription medications were found in her room, as well as a blister pack of pills inside an envelope and an empty pack of pills near her nightstand. According to the autopsy report, a metal pipe, a green plastic grinder, and a blue glass pipe were also found on top of a nightstand. In addition, loose pills were found on the floor of her bedroom and on a dining table.

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Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, and recovered alcoholic living in Boston. Follow her on Twitter at @britnidlc.

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