Aussie model and marriage equality campaigner Ryan Channing dies in Bali

Ryan Channing (left) pictured with his brother, Jake, in the latter’s tribute on Instagram. Ryan Channing, skincare brand CEO and model, died in Bali on May 8, 2022. Photo: Taken from Jake Channing’s Instagram with his permission.
Ryan Channing (left) pictured with his brother, Jake, in the latter’s tribute on Instagram. Ryan Channing, skincare brand CEO and model, died in Bali on May 8, 2022. Photo: Taken from Jake Channing’s Instagram with his permission.

Australian model and skincare entrepreneur Ryan Channing has passed away in Bali, his family confirmed. 

Channing was perhaps best known within the LGBTQIA+ community in Australia as a prominent campaigner for marriage equality along with his ex-boyfriend, retired swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe.

In a heartbreaking Instagram post, Channing’s brother, Jake, confirmed that his brother passed away on Sunday at the age of 32. Coconuts managed to get in touch with Jake and obtained his permission to share his post here. 

“As we seek answers and try [to] come to terms with the heartbreaking loss of my beautiful big brother, we ask for your prayers, support and privacy,” Jake wrote. 

“[Ryan] will be forever loved, never forgotten and forever young. To my big brother, I love you, I’ll see you one day soon you’ll be missed more than you know.”

At the time of this article’s publication, authorities in Bali have not announced Channing’s death to the public, thus no official cause of death has been established. 

Channing’s family has not disclosed his cause of death either, but Jake noted in the post above that Ryan did not die of COVID-19. Ryan’s last Instagram post, dated March 10, showed him at a Sydney hospital being treated for the viral disease.

Ryan Channing founded skincare brand BLAQ in 2016. Channing and Thorpe campaigned for marriage equality during the 2017 Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

Same-sex marriage became legal in Australia in December that year. 

The two became one of the most high-profile LGBTQIA+ couples in Australia until their amicable split in 2019 after being together for four years.

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