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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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