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Chyna Busted Drunk and Sleeping Outside ... Months Before Death

5/7/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0506_chyna-tmzChyna was seriously struggling before she died -- so much so, police found her wasted and passed out on the ground outside her apartment building ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement tells us they got a call in November for a woman lying unconscious at 7 AM in Redondo Beach, CA -- and when they arrived, officers found Chyna. We're told she was slurring her speech, had bloodshot eyes and reeked of booze.  

Cops say Chyna admitted drinking wine the night before and said she decided to sleep outside because she was struggling with her keys. She was also carrying nearly $20k in cash she says she made at an autograph session.

Paramedics on scene determined she was too drunk to take care of herself, and cops booked her for public intoxication. 

Chyna was found dead on April 20. Her cause of death is still under investigation. 

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WWE's Eva Marie Jacket Holds On for Dear Life

5/6/2016 8:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's WWE superstar Eva Marie ... proving the button that held her jacket together was the "real MVP" at an event in Hollywood Thursday night. 

Stephanie McMahon Chyna Will Be In HOF ... 'At Some Point'

5/6/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Fear not, wrestling fans ... pro wrestling legend Chyna WILL be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, so says WWE honcho Stephanie McMahon who tells TMZ Sports it's only a matter of time.

After Chyna passed away last month, McMahon called her a "pioneer in our industry" -- and fans wanted to know when she'll be enshrined among the greatest in her sport.

Everyone knows the HOF was extremely important to Chyna -- and people close to her claim she was depressed about the snub before she passed away. 

So when we saw Steph in NYC Thursday, we had to ask if plans were in motion. 

"I'm SURE that we will see Chyna in the Hall of Fame at some point in the future. I'm not sure exactly what year that will be, but there's no denying her contributions to WWE."

There's more ... we also talk about fellow WWE HOFer Donald Trump -- and if Steph thinks WWE fans will show up in force to help get him elected. 

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Chyna Mixed Pill Bottles Throw Wrench In Death Investigation

4/30/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0429-chyna-tmz-02Detectives in Chyna's death are dealing with a curve ball -- the ex WWE superstar had a knack for mixing up prescription pills, and it's making it hard to figure out what she took before she died.  

Sources close to the investigation tell TMZ detectives discovered several full prescription pill bottles near Chyna's body ... many of which contained multiple meds. We're told there were at least 4 different types of pills, plus she also mixed vitamins in the bottles.

As TMZ reported, Chyna's manager worried she had a problem with Ambien and Valium, but it appears she was taking more than just that.

Our sources say the mixing means investigators will have to wait until the toxicology report is complete to figure out what she ingested.

Ric Flair Treated at Boston Airport ... After Bizarre Behavior

4/27/2016 9:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

042616-ric-flair-tmzupdate_graphic_red_bar4:28 PM PT -- A rep for the Mass. State Police tells TMZ Sports ... Flair's injury was NOT to his hand, but rather his head. 

Cops did not say how Flair sustained the injury. 

Witnesses at the airport tell us Flair was bleeding from his forehead ... with one person saying, "It was dripping down from his head to his neck. A significant amount of blood."

We reached back out to Flair's rep -- so far, no word back.update_grey_gray_barRic Flair was treated for a cut on his hand at Logan International Airport in Boston Wednesday morning ... but witnesses say it was the culmination of a very bizarre morning involving the WWE legend. 

Here's what we know ... Flair hit up Lucky's Lounge in the airport before his flight -- and multiple witnesses say Flair was acting like a drunk person. 

One witness says Flair was loud and obnoxious. Another witness says he was "having a tough time" and "shambling about."

042616-ric-flair-tmz-02But we spoke with Airport Police Sgt. Donlon who tells us Flair was NOT intoxicated. 

Sgt. Donlon says airport officials got a call for a "man with a cut on his hand" -- and police and medical personnel responded. Flair was treated -- deemed not drunk -- and was allowed to get on his flight.  

We spoke with Flair's rep who told us Ric is fine -- and made his flight. 

As for how Flair injured his hand -- we're working on it. 

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9:43 AM PT -- Ric's agent, Melinda Morris Zanoni, tells us she has spoken with Flair and issued the following statement: 

"Ric has been working every day around the clock, including internationally, for a month straight and has injuries on his hand that were being looked into this morning."

"While it is true Ric Flair and his buddies have been keeping airport bars in business since the 70s that was not the case at all in Boston. I just hung up with Ric, he is already on the flight and all is good."

Chyna's Manager I Struck Deal with 'Intervention' Show ... Days Before Death

4/25/2016 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0425-chyna-intervention-wwe-TMZ-01Chyna's manager tells TMZ Sports ... he had recently struck a secret deal with the producers of the TV show "Intervention" to get Chyna help ... but she died before they could start production. 

We spoke with Anthony Anzaldo ... who tells us Chyna's closest friends had become concerned about her prescription drug use in recent weeks -- worried that she was over-medicating herself with Ambien and Valium. He's adamant Chyna's issue was ONLY with Rx meds.  

Anzaldo says he entered into talks with "Intervention" producers about doing an episode with Chyna -- in the hopes they could get her back on the right path before it was too late. 

We're told an agreement was reached -- and the plan was to get a bunch of Chyna's closest WWE friends, including Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mick Foley, to participate in the intervention. 

"An interventionalist was already lined up as was a facility that was going to take her for 90 days," Anzaldo says. We reached out to "Intervention" -- so far, no word back. 

Anzaldo says he became concerned when he hadn't heard from Chyna in days and went to her Redondo Beach apartment to check in on Wednesday evening. 

"I found her," Anzaldo says ... noting that he believes she died in her sleep. "She looked peaceful."

As for the future, Anzaldo says he's planning a huge memorial for Chyna -- with celebs and fans ... hoping to give Chyna the send-off she deserved. 

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Chyna Dead for Days ... No Signs of Suicide

4/21/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0421-chyna-tmz-01There are no signs Chyna intended to die, based on what police found inside her apartment -- and she'd been deceased for at least a day ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us there was no suicide note left in her Redondo Beach, CA home. We're also told it appears the WWE legend had passed away a "day or two" prior to Wednesday evening ... when a friend found her body. The last known contact she had with anyone happened on Sunday evening.

As we first reported ... there were no illegal drugs, but officers did find legal prescription bottles. Our sources described the number of bottles as 3 or 4 ... "nothing out of the ordinary." Also, the bottles were not emptied. 

We're told several neighbors told investigators they suspected "overdose" as the cause of death since she'd seemed "under the influence" lately.

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Hulk Hogan 'Devastated Over Chyna' ... 'Beautiful Soul'

4/21/2016 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0421-hogan-chyna-tmz-instagram-02Hulk Hogan is mourning the death of his former co-worker Chyna ... saying he's "devastated" over her death.

Hulk tweeted, "Devastated over Chyna passing,she dated Brutus years before wrestling,such a beautiful soul and so kind to my children,rip Joanie love u."

Triple H also tweeted ... "Someone who wasn't afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna"

Stephanie McMahon -- "I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna."

Mick Foley -- "Joanie, I'm so sorry. I will always treasure our friendship and will never forget your kindness to my children. RIP"

Diamond Dallas Page -- "Wow I just heard @ChynaJoanLaurer passed. Sad... My Prayers go out to you and your family Joanie. RIP my friend."

Kevin Nash -- "@ChynaJoanLaurer May the peace you were seeking put you at rest my friend. So sorry for not seeing the pain @Mania. We've shared so much"

The WWE also issued a statement saying the organization is "saddened to learn of reports that Joanie Laurer, best known for competing in WWE as Chyna, has passed away."

"A physically striking and wildly talented performer, Chyna was a true sports-entertainment pioneer. Not only did the Superstar dubbed “The Ninth Wonder of the World” help found the groundbreaking faction D-Generation X, but she also holds the distinction of being the first and only female to win the Intercontinental Championship."

"WWE extends its condolences to Laurer’s family, friends and fans."

Chyna WWE Legend Dead 'Possible Overdose'

4/20/2016 9:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0421_chyna_joanie_laurer_launchWWE legend Chyna -- real name Joanie Laurer -- has died ... and officials are investigating as a possible overdose, TMZ Sports has learned. 

We've learned she was in her apartment in Redondo Beach, CA ... south of L.A. -- and police got the call around 7:30 PM. Our law enforcement sources say she had not been seen or heard from for a few days. A friend went to check on her yesterday and found her unresponsive in the bedroom of her home and made the call to police.

0421-sub-chyna-tmz-01Officers were on the scene late Wednesday investigating the death as a possible overdose -- due mainly to her history with drugs. Prescription bottles were found in the home, but there were no illegal drugs ... according to our sources.

Cops say there are no signs of foul play. 

Chyna was 46 years old. 

A statement was posted to Chyna's official Twitter account confirming the death ... saying, "It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero."

"She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her."

Laurer's manager first confirmed the death to ProWrestlingSheet.com.

She posted a video to her YouTube page earlier this week -- she looked like she was struggling. 

Chyna was a game changer during her stint with the WWE -- famously teaming up with Triple H to become one of the original members of D-Generation X. She was also the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble. 

Chyna went on to pose for Playboy before transitioning to reality TV. She appeared on "The Surreal Life" in 2005. 

Later, Chyna got into porn ... releasing 6 films from 2004 to 2013. 

She later went to Japan to teach English. 

Chyna struggled with addiction for years -- and appeared on 'Celebrity Rehab' back in 2008. 

Wrestling Legend Jeff Hardy Rips Brother's Wife 'She's a Witch B*tch'

4/18/2016 2:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Hardy Brothers are in a nasty family feud -- with Jeff not only trashing his brother Matt ... but also going after his wife, calling her a "witch bitch" who's tearing the family apart. 

It all went down on the "TMZ Sports" TV show -- when the wrestling superstars were talking some serious smack to each other leading up to their "I Quit" match on TNA Impact Wrestling Tuesday on Pop TV. 

It started off with the usual threats ... but got crazy personal when Jeff brought up Matt's wife ... calling her a "witch bitch that's casting spells" who's turning the brothers against each other. 

Matt fired back -- warning him about going after his wife ... and promising to "make [Jeff] suffer" when they face off tomorrow on Pop TV. 

Make sure to check out the full interview on "TMZ Sports" tonight on FS1 -- it's war!!

WWE Adam Rose, Konnor Suspended For Drugs ... Again

4/16/2016 9:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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WWE superstars Adam Rose and Konnor have been suspended for a second time for violating the organization's drug policy.

The WWE has a "wellness policy" -- clearly a euphemism -- prohibiting the use of certain drugs, including performance enhancers, illegal substances and various meds.

Wrestling officials did not disclose the type of drugs they found in Rose's and Konnor's system.

The suspension takes place immediately and will last for 60 days.

Shaq 'Big Show Is Scared' 'I'm Coming For You!'

4/15/2016 5:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Shaquille O'Neal has a message for WWE honcho Vince McMahon -- SET UP THE FIGHT WITH BIG SHOW!!!

Shaq was out in NYC -- and told us he's dead serious about wanting a piece of Big Show at an upcoming WWE event. 

You'll recall, they tried to chokeslam each other at WrestleMania earlier this month -- and then called out the other in the aftermath. 

Now, Shaq says he wants the McMahons to make it happen -- and has a special message for his 7-foot rival ... "I'M COMING FOR YOU!!!"

WWE 'Total Divas' Ditch the Ring ... For BikiniMania!!!

4/14/2016 9:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0414_wwe_divas_malibu_launch_2BikiniMania isn't an official WWE event, at least that we know of, but we can all agree it should be after seeing these pics of the "Total Divas" on the beach in Malibu.

The Bella Twins, Paige, Renee Young and Lana sipped on bubbly and frolicked in the waves Wednesday for a photoshoot. 

This kinda body slammin' beats a headlock or a suplex, any day. No need to tap out.

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