Chyna net worth: Chyna was an American wrestler, actress, bodybuilder and adult film actress who had a net worth of $500 thousand at the time of her death. Chyna was instrumental in developing professional women’s wrestling before also appearing in a number of celebrity reality shows. Unfortunately, Chyna died on April 20, 2016 at the age of 45.
Early Life: Chyna was born on December 27, 1969 in Rochester, New York and given the name Joan Marie Laurer. She had two older siblings, Kathy and Sonny, and her parents divorced when she was four years old. She had a tumultuous childhood, as her father struggled with alcoholism and her mother got remarried a number of times, resulting in the family moving frequently. When she was in middle school, she started purging after meals and also began experimenting with drugs. At the age of sixteen, she left home after her mother tried to enroll her in a drug rehabilitation center.
Chyna did complete high school and moved to Spain to complete the final year. She then enrolled at the University of Tampa where she studied Spanish Literature. She was fluent in Spanish, French, and German and also was a member of the ROTC. She had planned to join the FBI or DEA but then decided to join the Peace Corps after college and moved to Guatemala for her assignment. Following her return to the United States, she held a number of jobs, working as a cocktail waitress, a singer, and a belly dancer. She also was working out frequently during this time and started competing in fitness competitions in the mid 1990s.
Wrestling Career: In 1995, Chyna began training at Wledek “Killer” Kowalski’s professional wrestling school in Massachusetts. She started competing in small matches, some of which were viewed by performers from the World Wrestling Foundation (WWF). The WWF decided to bring Chyna in as a bodyguard but then decided to hire her as a solo performer in 1997.
Chyna’s brain was donated to science in order to study the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Her memorial service was held in Los Angeles in June and was attended by a number of her former wrestling colleagues and other celebrities. Chyna was cremated and her ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean.