How did Simon Dunn die? Former Australian bobsledder and rugby player cause of death explained

Simon Dunn
Simon Dunn, out gay rugby player & former bobsledder


Simon Dunn, a former Australian bobsledder and rugby player died at the age of 35. Let’s see, how did the rugby player die and Simon Dunn’s cause of death in detail.

How did Simon Dunn die?

Simon Dunn, an Australian athlete who competes in Bobsleigh is no more. Dunn’s representative, Ruby Rose Management, confirmed his passing.

The statement reads,

“Ruby Rose Management has the unenviable task of confirming the passing of Simon Dunn 35 years young.

Loved by family & friends, and adored by fans, media, and social platforms all over the globe, our Simon Dunn has passed leaving an amazing legacy.

Representing Australia in Bobsleigh, LGBTIAQ+ in Rugby Union both here in Australia and overseas plus being there for every LBGTIAQ+ person in the media – Simon was loved, adored, and respected within our community worldwide.

Simon was passionate about giving back to the community and volunteering, he gave his time, and utilized his profile, to help multiple charities. Like all great ambassadors, he had his favorites, which included Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, Give Out Day, and Pride in Sport.

Simon never said ‘NO’ to donating his time to any organization that wanted to grow its Diversity and Inclusion footprint from Woolworths to Lion – helping them all to better understand their LGBTQIA+ employees and customers.

Simon represented us all, he always said “I am not the spokesman, I am just a gay white male telling you about my experiences, and experiences from those with whom I listened and learned. The sharing of these stories gives us all an appreciation of what has led us to where we are today”

The face of the global Gay Uncles Day, he has left his loving and supporting mother, sister, and nephews& niece, the place he would go when he wanted a piece of reality or just peace in his reality.

Simon will be missed, not just for his sportsmanship, not just for his valued views on our community and sport, but mostly for being who he was a genuine all-around nice guy, who had time for everyone.

He had a story for us all, but mostly he wanted to know your story, who you are, and how can he help share what you mean to live. Vale, Simon Dunn”

Who was Simon Dunn?

Dunn, a 35 year old sport representative, was the first openly gay male athlete to represent a nation in Bobsleigh. He represented Bobsleigh, LGBTIAQ+ in Rugby Union.

After his 2016 retirement from the sport, Dunn relocated to London and started up rugby once more.

After returning to Sydney, he played for gay rugby teams such as the Kings Cross Steelers in London and the Sydney Convicts. Simon shared about his relationship with Flex on social media.

Simon Dunn
Simon Dunn post about his partner


In 2021, he underwent biceps surgery after met with an accident. He successfully sustained surgery to reattach his bicep to the bone.

Dunn was a member of the Sydney Convicts team that competed in the Bingham Cup 2022 the previous year.

In both 2018 and 2019, Dunn was a finalist for the Australian LGBTI Awards Sports Personality of the Year.

Police were called to the Crown Street, NSW apartment on Saturday morning.  He has experienced prejudice as a sportsman who is openly gay.

Simon Dunn cause of death:

Simon Dunn cause of death was believed to be suicide. According to a NSW Officers spokeswoman, on January 21, 2023, at around 10 am, police were summoned to a flat on Crown Street in Surry Hills in response to reports that a man’s body had been discovered there.

“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,” the spokesperson said.

He also said that the police would prepare a report for the Coroner. Simon Dunn cause of death will be verified only after the police inquiry.

Olympic Aspirations and LGBTI Advocate:

Dunn made the decision to return to bobsledding and pursue his Olympic goal in 2021. He had begun his preparations to join the Australian squad competing at the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.

Dunn and his five-year partner Felix Maisey-Curtis announced their separation in November 2022.

When they were photographed kissing on the rugby field in 2018, Dunn and Felix made headlines all around the world.

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Simon with his ex-partner Felix in the rugby field

After “a rough year of personal loss,” the couple had amicably chosen to part ways, according to Dunn.

I love competing in Bobsleigh. The adrenaline rush. Using my strengths from rugby and excelling in a different sport. I love representing my country. And I’m also proud of the fact that I’m the first out gay man in the sport to do so!

“I was approached by a member of the Australian team through my rugby club in Calgary. Rugby is an easy crossover sport to Bobsleigh, as the training is similar and the main idea is to run hard and fast.

“My years playing rugby for the Sydney Convicts in Sydney definitely helped my conditioning to be ready for the sport.”, Dunn said earlier in an interview.

Tributes to Simon Dunn:

Nic Fren posted,

RIP mate Simon Dunn
We’d only just recently been talking about doing a podcast discussing mental health and overcoming obstacles.
Shattered to hear this news.
Another person taken way too early. You will be greatly missed by your friends and your community!

Peter Dunmore posted,

RIP Simon Dunn, gone way to young, you did so much for the community

Mike Galvin posted,

I know many of you would be shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Simon Dunn. Simon was not just a great athlete, he was a huge advocate for LGBTQI+ equality and a trailblazer for acceptance and inclusiveness. He was also a valued and highly respected member of our community
Today our thoughts are with his family, friends, his clients and teammates from his time with the Sydney Convicts, Kings Cross Steelers in London, and his bobsled family.

Candice Box posted,

RIP Simon Dunn. You were loved by many and a wonderful amazing man.

Michael Dalton posted,

Absolutely terrible news, Simon Dunn was an absolute sweetheart and always such a joy to work with.

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