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Why Chyna’s Brain Is Being Donated to Science

Why Chyna’s Brain Is Being Donated to Science

Chyna’s brain is being donated to science following her sudden death last Wednesday, her manager Anthony Anzaldo tells NBC 4.

He explained that the WWE wrestler’s brain was handed over to Dr. Bennet Omalu who researches chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE.

Dr. Omalu is the same doctor portrayed by Will Smith in the film “Concussion.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is the term used to describe brain degeneration likely caused by repeated head traumas. CTE is a diagnosis only made at autopsy by studying sections of the brain.”

The clinic also notes, “CTE is a very rare condition. It has been found in the brains of people who played contact sports, such as football, as well as others. Some symptoms of CTE are thought to include difficulties with thinking (cognition), physical problems, emotions and other behaviors.”

Chyna was found dead at her Redondo Beach apartment, but the cause of death has not been determined. TMZ reports that officials are investigating a possible overdose as the cause since she had a history of drug abuse. Prescription drugs were found at her home, but no other illegal drugs.