I’m very sad to report that gay former Australian bobsledder and rugby player Simon Dunn has passed away at the age of 35.
The Star Observer reports Dunn’s body was found in his Sydney apartment on Saturday morning.
NSW Police told Star Observer in a statement that they were called to the apartment on Saturday morning.
“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,” an NSW Police spokesperson said.
“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,” the spokesperson said, adding that the police would prepare a report for the Coroner.
Dunn’s passing has been confirmed by his agents at Ruby Rose Management.
A vocal advocate of LGBTQ rights, Dunn served as a GiveOut ambassador as well an ambassador for the Australian HIV charity, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.
Read the full report here.
Out gay former Australian bobsledder and rugby player Simon Dunn has passed away at the age of 35. https://t.co/moPrz2jLNd
— Star Observer (@star_observer) January 23, 2023
Just 3 months ago, Dunn and his partner of five years, Felix Maisey-Curtis, announced that they had parted ways.
“After a rough year of personal loss It became clear our time together was at a close and what we were looking for in life and partners had evolved,” Dunn shared on Instagram. “I give him credit as it takes true love to know when to let someone go live their best lives which we have decided to do. Onwards.”
I’ve followed Dunn for years, ever since he became the first out gay male player to represent a country in the bobsled sport.
After retiring from bobsled in 2016, he moved to London to return to his first sporting love – rugby. He went on to play for gay rugby teams Kings Cross Steelers (UK) and the Sydney Convicts (Australia).
In both 2018 and 2019, he was shortlisted for the honor of Australian LGBTI Awards Sports Personality of the Year. He was also one of DNA Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2019.
Dunn hoped to return to the sport of bobsled in 2021 with a hopes of participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as part of Team Australia. That dram came to an end after he ruptured a bicep during training.
However, in 2022, he competed with the Sydney Convicts in the Bingham Cup tournament.
In addition to his athletic career as well as his LGBTQ advocacy, Dunn was clearly easy on the eyes. For several years he sold his own beefcake calendar which benefited the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.
Since I began The Randy Report, I came to feature the handsome Dunn many, many times. Along the way, I felt I’d gotten to know him.
Fans have rallied to his final social media post on Instagram four days ago to leave their respects. At the time, Dunn wondered aloud about a new photoshoot.
Among the comments, American bobsledder Chris Kinney wrote, “You were so supportive when I was struggling with coming out in our sport. Will miss you Simon.”
And out Canadian Olympic figure skating medalist Eric Radford said, “Rest In Peace Simon. Thank you for inspiring us.”
Fly high, Simon Dunn.