The brain of pro wrestler and entertainer Chyna, who was found dead in her apartment April 20, will be donated for research into the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
CNN reports that reps for Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, confirmed the plan to donate her brain. Laurer died at 45.
“CTE can result in Alzheimer’s-like symptoms such as mood swings, memory loss and rage. It can potentially lead to suicide,” the CNN report notes. “Researchers believe the disease is a result of repeated hits to the head that yield a buildup of an abnormal protein called tau. CTE can be definitively diagnosed only after death.”
The report adds: “Chyna’s spokesman Anthony Anzalo said her brain will be examined by Dr. Bennet Omalu. Omalu was the first to document CTE in the brain of a professional football player. Will Smith played him in the 2015 movie ‘Concussion.'”
Chyna posted a rambling video a few days before her death, which you can see by clicking here.