Australian rugby subordinate and bobsledder Simon Dunn has died abruptly astatine 35 years of age, officials person confirmed.
Dunn, reportedly the first openly cheery antheral to correspond immoderate state in bobsleighing, was recovered dormant successful his Sydney apartment on Jan. 21, New South Wales (NSW) Police confirmed.
The circumstances surrounding his decease are not being treated arsenic suspicious, according to police.
“About 10 a.m. connected Saturday, January 21, 2023, constabulary were called to a portion connected Crown Street, Surry Hills, aft reports the assemblage of a antheral had been recovered inside,” police said successful a statement to aggregate outlets. “The assemblage is believed to beryllium that of the 35-year-old occupant. Officers from Surry Hills Police Area Command person commenced inquiries into the circumstances surrounding his death, which is not being treated arsenic suspicious.”
Dunn’s agent, Ruby Rose Management, besides confirmed his decease successful a statement to section media outlets, adding that the athlete “was loved, adored, and respected wrong our assemblage worldwide.”
“Simon was passionate astir giving backmost to the assemblage and volunteering. He gave his clip and [used] his illustration to assistance aggregate charities,” the connection read.
Rugby Player, Bobsleighing Star
Dunn, who had been an avid rugby subordinate increasing up successful the coastal metropolis of Wollongong successful Australia, changeable to fame successful 2014 erstwhile helium became the archetypal openly cheery subordinate of Australia’s Olympic bobsledding team.
He retired from the Olympic squad successful 2016 and went connected to play rugby full-time for the Sydney Convicts, an all-gay squad that participated successful the Bingham Cup successful 2022, and besides played with the Kings Cross Steelers in London.
“We are devastated by the nonaccomplishment of Simon to our nine and community, and stock our deepest condolences with Simon’s family, friends, and those who Simon brought emotion to implicit the years,” the Sydney Convicts said successful a statement.
Dunn attempted to marque a instrumentality to bobsleighing successful 2021 successful an attempt to suffice for the Winter Olympics successful Beijing successful 2022 but was incapable to bash truthful aft tearing his bicep during grooming and was subsequently forced to instrumentality to Australia.
In November 2022, helium wrote connected Instagram that the betterment process from the wounded was “long and painful.”
“Unable to work, security companies uncovering immoderate excuse not to help. I entered immoderate beauteous debased places. I’ve mislaid number of the times I’ve referred to myself arsenic a ‘failure’ oregon questioned my full career,” helium wrote astatine the time.
‘Selfless, Compassionate, and Kind Individual’
According to his authoritative website, Dunn acceptable up a idiosyncratic grooming concern wherever helium utilized his “experience arsenic an jock whilst grooming and competing successful Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia” to assistance bid clients.
The jock besides regularly engaged in LGBTQ activism and was shortlisted for Australian LGBTI Sports Person of the Year successful 2018 and 2019, according to his website.
“For me, my passionateness volition ever beryllium moving for my assemblage and advocacy organizations, positive exploring further ways I tin contribute,” helium wrote successful an October 2022 Instagram post announcing his separation from his spouse of 5 years, Felix Maisey-Curtis.
Dunn was also an ambassador for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, Australia’s longest-running HIV charity.
In a statement, the instauration described the jock arsenic a “selfless, compassionate, and benignant idiosyncratic who treated everyone equally, stood up for marginalized and susceptible people, and called retired injustice.”
“He was a passionate advocator for LGBTQIA+ practice successful sport, speaking astir his experiences of homophobia successful his younger years,” the radical said. “He was determined to marque a affirmative alteration successful sporting civilization passim the satellite and his tireless efforts to beforehand inclusion and equality successful athletics volition proceed to animate aboriginal generations.”