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WWE’s Triple H Pays Tribute to Ex-Girlfriend Chyna After Her Death: She ‘Wasn’t Afraid to Blaze Her Own Trail’

Professional wrestler Triple H paid tribute to his ex-girlfriend and fellow WWE star Chyna (born Joan Marie Laurer) after she was found dead at age 46 in her Redondo Beach, California, home on Wednesday, April 20.

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“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,” Triple H (whose real name is Paul Michael Levesque) wrote on Twitter on Thursday, April 21.

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Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque

Chyna’s death was confirmed via her Twitter page on Wednesday evening with the message: “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.”

“The Redondo Beach Police received a 911 call from a friend of the apartment unit resident that the female inside was not breathing,” the Police Department said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “The friend told Redondo Beach police that the female had not answered her phone in a few days, and went to the location to check on her welfare.” Officials are still investigating the cause of death.

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Chyna visits SiriusXM Studios on June 10, 2015, in New York City.

Chyna and Triple H, who is now WWE’s executive vice president of talent, live events and creative, had a rocky, headline-making relationship in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. She was open about Triple H cheating on her with WWE executive Stephanie McMahon (the daughter of Vince and Linda McMahon), whom he later married in 2003. Chyna also made claims of physical abuse, which Triple H adamantly denied.

Stephanie also mourned Chyna’s death on Twitter. “I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed,” she wrote. “She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed #RIPChyna.”

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Chyna was a member of the D-Generation X wrestling squad. She often competed against men, and she was at one point the WWE Women’s Champion. After leaving the wrestling world in 2001, she wrote a bestselling book, If They Only Knew, and appeared in both adult films and reality shows such as The Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew

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