Chyna’s Brain Has Been Donated for Scientific Research
Chyna will still be helping people even after her death.
According to the former WWE wrestler’s manager, Chyna’s brain was donated for brain injury research after the sports icon passed away earlier this month at the age of 46. Anthony Anzaldo confirmed to Los Angeles’ NBC4 that Chyna’s brain has been handed over to researcher Dr. Bennet Omalu, the man Will Smith played in Concussion, to determine if the late wrestling star suffered any chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) caused by repeated blows to the head during her time in the ring.
“We want to donate her brain,” Anzaldo recently told New York Daily News. “We want to know what made Chyna tick.”
Chyna, whose real name is Joan Laurer, received a number of impact to her skull throughout her career in the ’90s. She was released from the WWE in 2001.
Anzaldo also revealed that Chyna was approached by attorneys prior to her death to see if she would be interested in participating in a brain injury lawsuit against the WWE. Though the wrestler decided not to join the lawsuit, she was reportedly fascinated with the science behind CTE.
Chyna was found dead in her Redondo Beach, Calif. home on April 20. It’s said that she had been deceased for at least a “day or two” when a friend went to her residence to check up on her.