Chyna Was Planning Triumphant Return to Wrestling When She Died: ‘It Was Going to Be Her Rocky Ending,’ Manager Says
The former WWE star – who Anzaldo found unresponsive in her Redondo Beach, California apartment a week ago – was eight months into filming a documentary called The Reconstruction of Chyna that would have culminated with her back in the ring this coming fall, Anzaldo says.
“The goal was she has to go in gets her health, she triumphs, she wins,” he says. “That was going to be her Rocky ending to this amazing documentary.”
Even though Chyna, real name Joan Marie Laurer, was in what Anzaldo calls “amazing shape,” the emotional process of living life and in front of the lens and confronting her demons had led the 46-year-old to self-medicate with her prescriptions: “sleep aid Ambien and a form of Valium, an antianxiety pill,” he says.
“Chyna died from an accidental overdose that took place over a period of about three weeks of her unintentionally and inappropriately handling two legally prescribed, prescription medications,” Anzaldo says. Authorities with the L.A. County coroner’s office previously told PEOPLE that investigators have come to a similar conclusion, but the coroner has deferred ruling on a cause of death pending additional investigation.