Simon Dunn, the Olympic bobsledder and rugby player who came out as gay and later became an activist for LGBTQ rights, died suddenly on Saturday. He is 35 years old.
According to New South Wales Police, the athlete’s body was found at his home on January 21.
Dunn’s cause of death is not yet clear but authorities have said they do not treat his death as suspicious.
“At around 10am on Saturday 21 January 2023, police were called to a unit on Crown Street, Surry Hills, following reports that a man had been found dead inside,” New South Wales Police said in a statement.
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“The body is believed to be that of a 35-year-old resident. “Officers from Surry Hills Police Area Command have launched an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death, which is not being treated as suspicious,” the officers continued.
A flood of tributes followed news of Dunn’s sudden death.
Ruby Rose Management, Dunn’s agent, released a statement:
“Simon was passionate about giving back to the community and volunteering. He gave his time to help many charities and used his profile. Like all great ambassadors, he had his favorites including the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, Give Out Day and Pride in Sports.
“Simon has never said ‘no’ to donating his time to any organization that wants to grow its diversity and inclusion footprint from Woolworths to Lion – helping them better understand their LGBTQIA+ employees and customers.
“Simon represents all of us, he always said ‘I’m not a spokesperson, I’m just a gay white male, speaking about my experiences and the experiences of those I’ve heard and learned from. The sharing of these stories gives us all an appreciation of what led us to where we are today.’