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Gay Rugby Player Simon Dunn’s Cause of Death


Australia’s first openly gay bobsledder Simon Dunn’s cause of death has been disclosed after he passed away over the weekend (January 2023) at the young age of 35.

His management and NSW police confirmed the athlete and rugby player lost his life at his Sydney home on Saturday and his dead body was found suspiciously over the weekend.

May he rest in peace; we send our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and fans in these hard days.

He is being praised for paving the way for greater acceptance of LGBTQIA+ athletes and his support of others who struggled with their sexuality.

“He was a passionate advocate for LGBTQIA+ representation in sport, speaking about his experiences of homophobia in his younger years,” HIV charity the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation posted in a Facebook tribute.

The statement added, “He was determined to make a positive change in sporting culture throughout the world and his tireless efforts to promote inclusion and equality in sport will continue to inspire future generations.”

Dunn grew up playing rugby in Wollongong and openly talked about the homophobia he faced as a young man. After years of avoiding the sport, he decided to play rugby in Canada, where he was additionally scouted for the Australian bobsleigh team.

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Did Suicide Become Simon Dunn’s Cause of Death?

Some of his fans believed Simon Dunn’s cause of death was suicide as in a social media post at the end of last year, Dunn kicked off he had a tough year, losing his mentor, and could not fulfill his dream to compete in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Our team does not confirm any rumors about the news, though you can be sure that we are attempting our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible; but, do not forget that family privacy should be respected.

He had previously stated that he was trying to qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympics, nevertheless, was stymied by a bicep injury.

Dunn was a brakeman and competed in bobsleigh competitions across North America, but failed to qualify for the Winter Olympics. After coming back to Australia, he entered the gay and inclusive rugby team with the Sydney Convicts and had just celebrated his 10th year with the club.

“His talents extended well off the rugby field too, and we know Simon made a positive impact through his work in the community, often speaking publicly about the challenges faced by LGBTIQA+ people in sport,” a Facebook tribute from the club read.

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