Former professional wrestler and actress Joanie “Chyna” Laurer was apparently gearing up to do more adult films before her untimely death.
Chyna had worked with Vivid Entertainment in the past, and had completed four films for the adult film studio after she had ended her wrestling career with WWE. According to Page Six, Chyna was set to do more films for Vivid Entertainment, according to an interview with Vivd Entertainment founder Steve Hirsch for Page Six.
“We were scheduled to meet this week to discuss [future films]… She was so popular and we wanted to work with her again.”
Chyna had worked for Vivid Entertainment from 2011 to 2013, where she parodied Marvel super-heroine She-Hulk in two films.
“Chyna was truly one of a kind… I never heard her say a bad word about anyone and it was amazing to watch her interact with her fans. She thrived on it and loved every minute — and they loved her back. We were looking forward to working with her in the near future.”
Vivid was not Chyna’s first foray into adult films. In 2004, she debut in a adult film featuring then-boyfriend, former WWE superstar Sean “X-Pac” Waltman.
Chyna was also set to appear on an episode of the hit E! show Botched. That episode was set to air May 10, which was the season premiere. Now, network executives are hesitant to air the show due to Chyna’s sudden death. No official word has been stated on the Botched episode in question. Botched, which airs on E!, follows two plastic surgeons, Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif, as they correct plastic surgeries on patients that went wrong. The series debuted in 2014 and was successful enough to be renewed. The series also spun off the series Botched by Nature, which is set to debut sometime this year. Chyna had been on the reality series The Surreal Life back in 2007, as well as starring in a handful of straight-to-video films.
Chyna was found dead in her Redondo Beach apartment on Wednesday after a friend became concerned when she wasn’t answering her phone. Police had determined that Chyna had been deceased a couple of days before she was found. Chyna had been battling drug addiction and substance abuse for over a decade. She had been taking medications for anxiety and insomina. In 2008, Chyna was featured on the VH1 series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
Last Sunday, Chyna posted a video to her official YouTube account slurring her words, and acting incoherent while she tried to make a smoothie for herself. Later videos showed her completely out of it while going off on former boyfriend WWE Superstar Triple H and his wife, Stephanie McMahon, over how she was let go from WWE in 2001. This all started when Triple H was interviewed on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast, and was asked by Austin if Chyna deserved to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, to which Triple H agreed she should be, but because of her past and children Googling her made it an issue. While Chyna was a guest on Vince Russo’s podcast, she would go on to claim that Triple H assaulted her during a live WWE event. The accusations would later turn out to be false.
In recent years, Chyna had been living in Japan, teaching English to Japanese students. She recently moved back to the United States in order to get her life and career back on track. Chyna was working on a documentary about her life. She was later filmed at WWE headquarters in hopes of trying to patch things up with the company.
In regards to a funeral, Chyna’s request was to be cremated. Her brain will be donated to science.
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