Porn, Drugs & Suicide Attempts: Inside Chyna's Tragic, Dark Past

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Sep. 22 2016, Updated 8:15 p.m. ET

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Joanie "Chyna" Laurer once ruled the wrestling and reality TV worlds. But before she succumbed to a suspected drug overdose at just 46 last night, she led a troubled life of addiction and mental health issues.

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As a child, Chyna claimed, she lived in an alcoholic home. She moved out at just 16 years old.

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Joanie Laurer seen outside Tribeca Cinema

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After retiring from wrestling in 2001, the star made a splash in the porn industry, beginning with her sex tape, 1 Night in Chyna, co-starring then-boyfriend Sean Waltman. The continued to star in adult films until 2013.

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Chyna does Playboy….Again!

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She started scaring fans with her bizarre behavior. In January 2005, she stripped naked and jumped into a fish tank at NYC's Coral Room, the New York Post reported.

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Later that same night, she allegedly took off her clothes and jumped onstage at Scores' strip club in Manhattan. Managers "told her she had to stop," a source told the Post.

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Ron Galella Archive – File Photos

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She was reportedly also arrested that year for assaulting Waltman following a night out at the Playboy mansion in L.A. "Unfortunately my two children witnessed and heard all of this," Waltman later said.

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In 2007, Chyna checked into Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, claiming she had a problem with alcohol. But later on, she denied having substance abuse issues. "I don't think I drink too much," she insisted to her castmates, including Brigette Nielsen and Crazy Town's Seth "Shifty" Binzer.

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Exxxotica Miami Beach – May 20,2012

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On the Surreal Life, Chyna confessed that she regularly went to bed at 7 am, and disturbed costars with her hyper, wild nighttime antics.

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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Season 8

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On her 38th birthday in 2008, she was reportedly hospitalized when friends noticed cuts on her arms. She was allegedly so intoxicated, doctors couldn't perform a psych evaluation.

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Adult Video News Awards At The Hard Rock – Arrivals

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Less than years later, she reportedly overdosed on sleeping medication, and was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital.

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31st Annual American Music Awards – Arrivals

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Last summer, Chyna came clean about many of her problems. During a radio interview on Opie and Jim, she admitted she had a history of suicide attempts following the 2004 release of her sex tape, and once spent a month in a mental hospital. "It was like I was a monster," she said.

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“Celebrity Boxing 2” Weigh-In

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In a tragic turn, Chyna was discovered dead in her Redondo Beach, California, home last night. Cops reportedly suspect she overdosed on drugs.

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Sons of Hollywood Host Party at the Stoli Hotel

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"I am a champion and have been working for many years to uphold the reputation of who I am and what my father always wished me to be — a successful, well-spoken, literate, intelligent woman with a sense of humor who enjoys life," she said in 2005, before her Surreal Life debut. Now, fans and fellow celebrities are celebrating her legacy in the wrestling world.

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