Chyna’s Mother Threatens Legal Action Against Reelz Over ‘Autopsy’ Show

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Chyna is set to be the subject of an upcoming show on Reelz promising to piece together “the truth” about her death — and the wrestler’s mother is threatening legal action to stop it from airing.

The series is called “Autopsy: The Last Hours Of …” and its August 25 episode is focused on the death of Chyna. Here’s what the description for the episode states:

On April 20th 2016, professional wrestling legend Chyna died from an overdose in her Los Angeles apartment. Once celebrated as the ninth wonder of the world – Chyna’s life unravelled after she left WWE and she became infamous as a casualty of drug and alcohol abuse. After a mysterious 4-year-long exile in Japan, Chyna returned to the US intent on reinventing herself – only to die alone 9 months later at the age of just 46. In this episode, expert Coroner and Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Michael Hunter unpacks the secrets of Chyna’s autopsy report and together with accounts from friends, pieces together the truth about Chyna’s tragic death.

Chyna’s mother Jan LaQue recently became aware of the episode and immediately reached out to producers over the weekend in an email writing, “I want to make it clear to you, very very clear, that NO ONE – NO ONE – really knows what happened during Joanie’s final hours. So you can’t possibly air something on the supposed “Truth” because you don’t know it.  I don’t know it!!”

“I expect a contact immediately back from you stating that you will not be airing this program,” LaQue continued. “If I don’t hear from you by the end of the day on Monday, August 12th 2019, you will give me no other choice but to have my attorney contact you on this matter.  So someone had better contact me on this ASAP.”

After not hearing back from producers by later in the day on Monday, Chyna’s mother sent another email threatening to also take legal action against the “expert Coroner” interviewed for the show.

She also pointed to the actress playing Chyna on the show — Kerry Newton — talking on social media about how she had “a blast” while filming the episode. Jan wrote, “She had a BLAST filming it? How morbid and disgusting is that? How can you have a BLAST portraying a human being who died so tragically?  How can you even consider taking on the role of playing her without checking with your lawyers on whether or not it was cleared by the estate?  How can you not contact her mother prior to taking on the role?  This is just unbelievable.”

“If you continue on with this and defame Chyna or tarnish her legacy in any way, you are really opening yourself up to defamation.  Not to mention personal and emotional duress on the part of myself and her family because of what you are doing,” Laque added.
 
Chyna’s mother finished her message saying, “You need to be VERY clear that as her mother and her sole beneficiary, I am going to vigorously defend my daughter and her estate, protect her legacy from vultures like you who want to drag it through the mud, and do whatever I can to stop you and those like you from making a buck off of her tragedy both now and in the future.”
 
A rep for Reelz didn’t adress Chyna or her mother specifically, but sent the following statement to Wrestling Sheet when reached for comment:

“Autopsy: The Last Hours of… responsibly explores the circumstances of the passing of well-known and genuinely loved celebrities who the public cares about immensely. The REELZ series generates much feedback from our viewers ranging from fans who tell us it provides closure, medical professionals who praise its scientific accuracy and many who gain helpful perspective of health issues that might not otherwise receive attention like Karen Carpenter who brought anorexia into the public consciousness and, more recently, with Prince whose passing focused attention on the Opioid epidemic.”