A famed Australian athlete has been found dead after he died suddenly in his Sydney home at just 35 years old, according to reports.
Simon Dunn, a celebrated rugby player who also competed on Australia’s bobsled team, died unexpectedly on Saturday, according to Yahoo Sport Australia.
Dunn’s cause of death was not released to the public.
However, officials said the cause of death “is not being treated as suspicious,” according to the report.
The news outlet quoted a police representative as saying, “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.”
Australia’s 7News.com said Dunn, who was openly gay, grew up playing rugby in his hometown of Wollongong.
The report said Dunn faced struggles with “homophobia.”
“After years of avoiding the sport, he went on to play rugby in Canada, where he was also scouted for the Australian bobsleigh team,” the outlet reported.
He was a brakeman in bobsled competitions in North America, “but failed to qualify for the Winter Olympics,” according to the report.
Dunn had attempted to stage a comeback in bobsledding in 2021 and was hoping to qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
According to Yahoo Sport Australia, he was unable to compete due to being sidelined by an injury.
Several news outlets strongly hinted at the possibility that Dunn took his own life.
These claims have not been confirmed, however, as there’s no information available regarding the cause of death.
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