The brain of former WWE and WWF superstar Chyna has been donated to science in a bid to understand the effects of head trauma on wrestlers and, ultimately, help save the fighters of the future.
Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, rocked the wrestling world when she was found dead in her Redondo Beach apartment at the age of just 46. Although there was no indication of foul play, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office has yet to determine the cause of death.
Although Chyna's death has left a huge hole in wrestling history, especially for women in the industry, she is continuing to show her dedication to the sport after her death by donating her brain to a CTE research program.
Her manager, Anthony Anzaldo, told NBC4 in Los Angeles that her brain has been given to researcher Dr. Bennet Omalu to see if Chyna was showing signs of CTE from her career, he said:
"We want to donate her brain. We want to know what made Chyna tick."
Caused by repeated head trauma, chronic traumatic encephalopathy can only be diagnosed by examining the brain tissue of deceased possible sufferers.
Researchers hope that by understanding the syndrome more, they will be able to protect future wrestlers and footballers with suitable precautions while also ensuring those entering the sports know the risks involved.
The most high-profile wrestler to be diagnosed with CTE so far is Chris Benoit, who killed his wife and son before committing suicide. His violent behavior was originally attributed to steroid abuse, but a biopsy of his brain confirmed that he was suffering from huge CTE-related tissued changes that caused significant neurodegeneration.
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