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Australian Olympian Dies Suddenly at 35


Simon Dunn, 35, died suddenly on Saturday.

New South Wales police reportedly discovered Dunn’s body on January 21st.

Police didn’t expect foul play and think his death was related to a medical reason.

Dunn is Australia’s first openly-gay Olympic bobsledder and a rugby player.

Ruby Rose Management issued this statement confirming the news of Dunn’s death:

“About 10 am on Saturday, January 21, 2023, police were called to a unit on Crown Street, Surry Hills, after reports the body of a man had been found inside. The body is believed to be that of the 35-year-old occupant. Officers from Surry Hills Police Area Command have commenced inquiries into the circumstances surrounding his death, which is not being treated as suspicious.”

Yahoo Sport noted:

The 35-year-old Dunn became the first openly gay athlete to represent their country in bobsled. After retiring from the sport in 2016 he took up rugby and regularly played for the Sydney Convicts – an all-gay team.

Dunn made a return to bobsled in 2021 in an attempt to qualify for the Winter Olympics in 2022. However his dream was dashed when he ruptured his bicep.

Dunn was shortlisted for the Australian LGBTI Awards Sports Personality of the Year award in 2018 and 2019. “For me, my passion will always be working for my community and advocacy organisations plus exploring further ways I can contribute,” he said previously.

Breitbart touched on Dunn’s LGBTQ activism:

Dunn also engaged in LGBTQ activism and got in a public spat with rugby union star Israel Fola who publicly proclaimed that all gay people are going to hell during an appearance on Sky News.

Dunn blasted the homophobic culture of rugby, saying, “There is still homophobia in sport. It’s a culture that has been created and embedded over decades, and I think we’re still at the tail end of that with the work we need to do to put an end to it,” the Daily Mail reported.

Activists also praised him for publicly kissing his partner after his rugby team, the Sydney Convicts, won their final in 2018.


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