The iconic WWE wrestler, who died at age 45 on Wednesday, was an original member of D-Generation X, partnering with other wrestling stars like Triple H and Sean Michaels. After her time in the ring, Laurer posed for Playboy and appeared on reality series The Surreal Life, which documented her struggle with alcohol.
Fellow female praised her as a "revolutionary" trailblazer who "shattered glass ceilings, kicked down doors and broke gender barriers."
Other costars paid tribute to her humanity. "I will always treasure our friendship and will never forget your kindness," wrote Mick Foley.
Shattered glass ceilings, kicked down doors, broke gender barriers, she was an anomaly & untouchable. Rest now-ur legacy lives on #RIPChyna— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) April 21, 2016
"Chyna was revolutionary for women in wrestling," wrote Natalya, the third-generation female wrestler from the Hart family.
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TNA wrestler Gregory Shane Helms wrote that "Chyna was always incredibly kind to me. I never forgot that."
"Life can be hard and incredibly cruel, to all of us, none are exempt. But it can also be beautiful. Hug your loved ones tight," he added.
My prayers go out to Joanie Laurer and her family. It's very sad to hear this news. Chyna was revolutionary for women in wrestling.— Nattie (@NatbyNature) April 21, 2016
Joanie, I'm so sorry. I will always treasure our friendship and will never forget your kindness to my children. RIP https://t.co/pVV0KjbkFt— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 21, 2016
The epitome of the word pioneer. Godspeed my fellow Kowalski alum Chyna. You reinvented what a female wrestler is. May you be at peace.— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) April 21, 2016
All I can say is that Chyna was always incredibly kind to me. I never forgot that. Life can be rough even to the strongest amongst us.— Gregory Shane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) April 21, 2016
Life can be hard and incredibly cruel, to all of us, none are exempt. But it can also be beautiful. Hug your loved ones tight. …— Gregory Shane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) April 21, 2016
Tell them that you love them, let them know. In the end, that will be ALL that truly matters.— Gregory Shane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) April 21, 2016
Other celebrities, including Laurer's Surreal Life costar Adrienne Curry and Hulk Hogan's daughter Brooke, also used Twitter to memorialize the star.
Chyna went through a lot in her life. There was a great lady under that struggle. Rest in peace, old friend pic.twitter.com/G8zb3LHTTL— Adrianne Curry (@AdrianneCurry) April 21, 2016
R.I.P. Chyna.— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) April 21, 2016
Greatest female wrestler ever
Chyna. Rest in peace.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 21, 2016
Not even believing @ChynaJoanLaurer is gone. She's graduating early...God must have needed an angel.— Brooke Hogan (@MizzHogan) April 21, 2016
The WWE issued a statement on their website about Laurer's death, calling her "a physically striking and talented performer."
"Chyna was a true sports-entertainment pioneer. Not only was the Superstar dubbed 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' a founding member of the groundbreaking faction D-Generation X, but she also holds the distinction of being the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble Match and the first and only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship."