– Chyna’s manager and best friend Anthony Anzaldo told The New York Daily News that they are looking to donate Chyna’s brain to Dr. Bennet Omalu, who was played by actor Will Smith in the “Concussion” movie. Anzaldo said lawyers reached out to him long before Chyna passed away on Wednesday to gauge her interest in joining a brain injury lawsuit against WWE. Chyna’s camp didn’t want any part in the suit but were intrigued by the science.
“When she died, they called me again and asked, ‘Can we have her brain,'” Anzaldo said. “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.”
“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,” Anzaldo said. “We’re just looking for (the researchers) to give us everything they can get.”
Anzaldo also said he was the one to find Chyna’s body at her Redondo Beach apartment on Wednesday. He was actually filming the “Reconstruction of Chyna” documentary when he walked in to check on her, unaware what had happened. It was reported before that a friend of Chyna’s found her after after checking on her when she went several days without answering her phone.
“Me walking in was shot. I would never show me finding her, but you might hear me,” he said.
Anzaldo also said he found Chyna in her bed with two prescription bottles in the same room — one for Ambien, one for an anti-anxiety medication similar to Xanax. He said there was nothing illegal as she was prescribed those medications and there was no alcohol. He also said there were no signs of foul play, no vomit and no blood, that she was just lying in bed peacefully. Anzaldo said they are waiting on toxicology results but he doesn’t believe her death was intentional.
He said he is comfortable with releasing the documentary because of how passionate she was about it. They are planning a large memorial service and looking to spread some of her ashes in the Pacific Ocean. The rest of her ashes will be interred at a place fans can visit, possibly in her hometown of Rochester, NY.