Chyna’s Brain To Be Donated To Science For CTE Testing
Chyna’s brain will be donated to science for CTE research, according to the late star’s manager.
As Gossip Cop reported, Chyna was found dead in her home on Wednesday at age 45. Officials have since indicated she likely died at least a day before her body was discovered. Though she previously battled drug addiction, no cause of death has been released.
But manager Anthony Anzaldo is now questioning whether Chyna’s years of wrestling contributed to her passing. “We want to donate her brain. We want to know what made Chyna tick,” he tells the New York Daily News. His hope is that her brain will be studied by Dr. Bennet Omalu, the doctor who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, better known as CTE.
Omalu’s work was depicted last year in the movie Concussion, starring Will Smith. The doctor uncovered the disease, in which repetitive head trauma causes degenerative effects in the neurological system, by studying football players. In November, Katie Lee Gifford revealed that an autopsy showed her late husband, famed footballer Frank Gifford, had been unknowingly living with CTE.
Anzaldo says he and Chyna were previously approached to have her brain studied as part of a potential lawsuit against the WWE. While he says he is not “interested” in the litigious aspect of the study, he would like her brain examined. “My hope is that we can do it,” he says. “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.”
The manager adds, “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 not interested in the lawsuit at all. We’re just looking for [the doctors] to give us everything they can get.”
Chyna was filming a documentary at the time of her death, and Anzaldo says cameras captured him arriving at her home this week, unaware she was dead. He says the plan is still to move forward with the film, noting, “Now we’ll hopefully show the brain getting examined and what the doctor has to say about that. It will be done in a respectful way.”
Anzaldo maintains he does know how his client died. “My only solace is that she obviously died in her sleep with no pain. She was alive one second and dead the next,” he tells the newspaper. Chyna is pictured above in October 2015.