Sahar Mourad


Wed, 11 May, 2022

Ian Thorpe’s ex boyfriend dies

Ian Thorpe’s ex boyfriend dies

Ian Thorpe’s first boyfriend after coming out has died after battling severe health issues.

Ryan Channing, a model, lawyer and skincare brand creator from Perth, was at Bali’s BIMC Hospital on May 8 where he died.

The 32-year-old’s friends confirmed the heartbreaking news to The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.

“Everyone is distraught. It is just so sad and everyone is shocked,” a friend told the publication.

The friend revealed that Channing had been “battling health issues” for a while.  

Channing’s last Instagram post was of him at St Vincent’s Hospital after contracting Covid-19.

“Covid got me GEWD. Thanks to the amazing nurses at @stvincentshospitalsydney,” his caption read with a selfie holding up the peace sign.

It however remains unclear whether or not Covid contributed to his death.

A representative for Ian Thorpe said ​​“thoughts are with Ryan’s family”.

The skincare entrepreneur was Thorpe’s first boyfriend after he came out back in 2015.

The pair were in an on-off relationship for about four years and were also engaged at one point before breaking it off completely in 2019. 

Images: Instagram

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