Late WWE star Joan “Chyna” Marie Laurer’s brain could soon be used to study the effects of wrestling and the “consequences of concussions and WWE wrestlers”, according to TMZ.com.
The 45-year-old wrestler-turned-porn star – whose dead body was found at her home on Wednesday – reportedly agreed to be an organ donor before she passed away and according to her manager Anthony Anzaldo, plans are in motion to remove her neural structure and hand it over for medical research.
He said: “We want to donate her brain. We want to know what made Chyna tick.”
Chyna’s brain will be given to Dr Bennet Omalu, the famous forensic pathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) by examining professional football players and who was played by Will Smith in ‘Concussion’.
Anthony added: “I’ve been told (Dr. Omalu) is calling the medical examiner to let them know the plan, so they’ll be cautious with her brain… We’re just looking for (the researchers) to give us everything they can get.”
The talent manager was the one who found Chyna – whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer – dead in her home and prescription pills were nearby.
Officials believe the star may have died from an accidental overdose and been dead for days before her body was discovered.
Chyna has previously spoken of her issues with depression and use of drugs and alcohol, but insisted she was never an addict.
However, Dr. Drew Pinsky, who worked with the late star on reality show ‘Celebrity Rehab’ in 2008, admitted he fears addiction may have killed her.
He said in a statement: “I am very sad for Joanie and her loved ones, but I am also terribly angry because I suspect addiction may have taken another life.”