Famed Australian Bobsledder and Rugby Player Suddenly Dies at 35

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A well-known Australian athlete was found dead Saturday at his Sydney home, according to news reports.

Simon Dunn, a rugby player who also competed on Australia’s bobsled team, was 35, according to Yahoo Sport Australia.

His cause of death was not released, but 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, but said he 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.

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