On April 20th, 2016, Famous WWE legend Joan Marie Laurer (better known as Chyna), was found dead in her home in California. She was 46 years old.
An autopsy later declared that she had died of an overdose of a combination of alcohol, anxiety drugs, a sleeping aid and the painkillers oxycodone and oxymorphone. The overdose is said to have been accidental. Her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.
A voicemail left by the legendary wrestler a mere 48 hours before her death has recently been recovered, and it may both haunt and disturb you.
The message left by Chyna is a slightly drawn out, rambling message in which she talks about entering rehab to seek treatment for herself.
The message was left on filmmaker Erik Angra’s phone. Angra was in the process of developing a documentary movie that focused on Chyna’s life.
The message is four minutes long and was recorded on April 18, 2016. Chyna is mumbling slightly throughout the message but seems to be in good spirits.
The message starts off with Chyna calling Angra to see if he is okay. She says that she heard he has been sick and asks him if he needs her to do anything for him to help him out.
Chyna continues on to say that she is doing much better and that she wants to talk to him about the documentary.
She then tells him that she is glad they are doing the documentary and that what they’re going to do will be “spectacular.”
Chyna, who was known to struggle with drug addiction in the past, goes on to say that she is doing much better than she was before.
“I am doing much better now. I’ve finally got an appointment with a doctor next week. I’m going to go into rehab right up the street in Malibu,” the voicemail says.
“I go for two weeks, drink cucumber juice and whatever. Swim around, walk and get clearance. I can get therapy done the right way and get clearance to do the movies that are all set up,” she continues.
“I’m willing to do whatever,” she finishes.
Chyna closes off the voicemail wishing Angra well. “I’m worried about you because I know that you’re not feeling well and I want to make sure you’re okay. And I’m here. Call me if you want to talk.”
“If you need anything I’ll Uber it out there and get you anything that you need. Love you, bye.”
Angra first met Chyna in 2015. The two became close while they were filming her documentary Wrestling With Chyna.
Angra told the Daily Mail that he was extremely happy to hear that Chyna wanted to go to rehab: “That was the really heartbreaking thing and I remember when I got that voicemail, I was so happy to hear it because those last two weeks, we were getting very concerned for her.”
“I had seen her basically cut people out of her life that told her things she didn’t want to hear. I felt we were trying to be a good influence on her and at the same time, help her. I still feel maybe I could have done more. I still feel guilt about that. I really don’t know what else I could have done. It seemed like she’d had that revelation and I was really excited for her,” Angra told the Daily Mail.
Chyna rose to fame in 1997 and became a staple of women’s wrestling when she became professional wrestling’s first ever female superstar. Her final voicemail tells a tragic tale of a woman struggling with addiction but willing to seek out help. Her legacy as a female professional wrestler will live on forever.