Rugby Player, Bobsledder Simon Dunn Dies at 35

We have been writing stories and have become friends of Simon since he very first emerged on the scene. So very tragic to hear this news of his passing. Shocked to say the least. Just days ago we were liking a post of his on Instagram saying, “I think it’s time for another photoshoot?!”

Advocate writes – Simon Dunn, the out Australian professional rugby player and bobsledder, has died. His body was found Saturday in his Sydney apartment by police called to the scene. He was 35.

Dunn made history when he earned a spot on the Australian bobsledding team, the first out gay man in the sport. He also played for the Sydney Convicts, the professional rugby team made up entirely of gay players.

“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,” New South Wales Police said in a statement. “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.”

“We are devastated by the loss of Simon to our club and community, and share our deepest condolences with Simon’s family, friends, and those who Simon brought love to over the years,” the Sydney Convicts said in a statement.

“You will be deeply missed and there is a hold today in many hearts that will take a long time to begin to heal,” out Australian gymnast Heath Thorpe posted to social media.

Dunn is survived by his mother, sister, nephews, and niece.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned that someone you know may be, resources are available to help. In the U.S., the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 is for people of all ages and identities. Trans Lifeline, designed for transgender or gender-nonconforming people, can be reached at (877) 565-8860. The lifeline also provides resources to help with other crises, such as domestic violence situations. The Trevor Project Lifeline, for LGBTQ+ youth (ages 24 and younger), can be reached at (866) 488-7386. Users can also access chat services at or text START to 678678.

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