Former WWE wrestler Chyna-whose real name is Joanie Laurer- who was found dead in her apartment on Wednesday will have her brain donated for scientific research according to her manager, Anthony Anzaldo.
Anzaldo revealed that Laurer had been contacted to join a concussion lawsuit against WWE by other former professional wrestlers but they declined saying they were only interested in pursuing scientific exploration of the effects a career in wrestling and a history of domestic violence has on the brain.
“My hope is that we can do it. I’m in the process of getting the permission to speak on behalf of family to tell the coroner it’s okay to release it.”
We’re not interested in the lawsuit at all,”. “We’re just looking for (the researchers) to give us everything they can get.”
Anzaldo says the research will include Nigerian Doctor- Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who discovered CTE – Central traumatic encephalopathy. Omalu and his efforts to bring CTE awareness to the NFL were the subject of the Will Smith film Concussion.
Some former pro wrestlers like Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, John Cena and Jeff Hardy confirmed they will be donating their brains for study, if it will help further concussion research, he would be interested in donating his brain as well.