Laurer's team confirmed the news in a written statement shared on her website and Twitter on Wednesday.
"It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero," the statement read. "Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away, She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her."
During her wrestling career, Laurer famously partnered with wrestler Triple H, becoming an original member of Degeneration X. After her time as a wrestler she posed for Playboy before doing a brief stint in reality television on The Surreal Life.
Chyna. Rest in peace.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 21, 2016
I had been in contact recently with @ChynaJoanLaurer to guest on The Ross Report.— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) April 21, 2016
Unfortunately now that will never happen.
Someone who didn't get enough credit for what she did for women in wrestling. Sadly she will get that recognition now. RIP Chyna.— The Young Bucks (@NickJacksonYB) 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
Although the statement did not include Laurer's cause of death, her manager reportedly told Pro Wrestling Sheet that she was found in her Los Angeles home.
As news of her death spread, fans and celebrities alike quickly took to Twitter to share their reactions and condolences.
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
"Chyna. Rest in peace," actress Alyssa Milano tweeted.
Pro wrestler Gregory Helms tweeted his reaction to Laurer's death, offering up a series of thoughtful messages.
"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 among us," he wrote. "Death always has a way of putting things into perspective. And that perspective, it seems, can be hard to swallow."