WWE and Hollywood stars took to social media on Wednesday night and Thursday morning to remember Chyna, the former WWE superstar and reality TV star, who was found dead yesterday in her Redondo Beach apartment. She was 46.
A cause of death has not yet been revealed.
“Devastated over Chyna passing. She dated Brutus years before wrestling. Such a beautiful soul and so kind to my children, RIP Joanie. Love You,” Hulk Hogan tweeted.
“RIP 9th Wonder of the World,” Jerry O’Connell wrote Thursday on Twitter. “Here’s hoping WWE inducts you into the HOF.”
French Stewart, who played Chyna’s love interest in “3rd Rock From the Sun,” posted a tribute on his Facebook page, sharing a story about his friendship with the star.
“One time we got drunk at lunch and I asked her to body slam me,” he wrote. “She gave me a brief tutorial and did so. I was super winded. ‘Did it hurt?’ She asked. ‘Shit yes.’ I replied. ‘Well, I guess you did it right.'”
“Damn RIP CHYNA, one of my childhood heroes. Sad to see so many deaths in 2016. RIP ANTHONY, RIP G. SCOTT, RIP COACH BRIDGER, RIP DJ KENDALL,” martial arts fighter Bubba Jenkins wrote, also paying respects to others who died this year.
“RIP Chyna. She changed the way women were viewed on WWE programming, for the better,” screenwriter Max Landis tweeted.
“So sad to hear that @ChynaJoanLaurer passed away. She was a really sweet lady,” Holly Robinson Peete remembered the wrestler.
“Chyna. Rest in peace,” Alyssa Milano said.
“I’m sure Eddie is welcoming you into God’s Kingdom #RIPChyna #RIPEddie,” pro wrestler Chavo Guerrero Jr. wrote, referring to Eddie Guerrero, who died in 2005.
“Rest easy baby girl! @ChynaJoanLaurer,” WWE star Goldust wrote.
“Joanie, I’m so sorry. I will always treasure our friendship and will never forget your kindness to my children. RIP,” retired wrestler Mick Foley wrote, later adding, “I wish I could hear Joanie laugh again. She had the most most beautiful, dorky, fully committed laugh.”
“Jesus. Chyna. 46 is too young. Rest in Peace,” Wil Wheaton said.
“I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna,” Stephanie McMahon tweeted.
“RIP Chyna. Great memories, good times. You will always be a great part of my life during a great time of my life. You will be missed,” UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock said on Twitter.