Following the sudden death of successful entrepreneur Ian Thorpe’s former long-term partner Ryan Channing in Bali at the age of 32, his family has announced that they will seek answers. Channing, a model and lawyer from Perth, Western Australia, was taken to a local hospital on Sunday, where he subsequently died. He resided in Australia but frequently traveled to Indonesia’s holiday island and Los Angeles for business.
On Wednesday, Channing revealed the shock death of his “lovely huge brother” Ryan in a heartfelt post. He concluded the message by expressing that Ryan’s death wasn’t Covid-related, as he recently acquired infected with the virus.
‘Seeing as the news headlines beat my whole family to posting about this unfortunate time in our lives, it’s with a heavy heart I announce that my brother Ryan has recently passed away on Sunday the 8th of May at 32 years of age,’ Jake wrote.
‘As we seek answers and try come to terms with the heartbreaking loss of my beautiful big brother, we ask for your prayers, support and privacy, he 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.’ Their Perth-based sister Charis wrote: ‘Saying goodbye to you on Sunday was the hardest thing my family and I have ever had to do. 32 years young, you’re gone too soon.
‘As we seek answers and try come to terms with the heartbreaking loss of my brother, we ask for your prayers, support and privacy. ‘I know you will be looking down on us and we love you lots.’ Charis also shared the tribute on her Instagram stories with the caption ‘Heartbroken’. A friend told News Corp that Channing, a successful businessman, had been ‘battling health issues’ for some time. ‘Everyone is distraught,’ one close friend said. ‘It is just so sad and everyone is shocked.’ Who Was Ryan Channing, Ian Thorpe’s Ex-Boyfriend?
Ian Thorpe’s Ex-Boyfriend: Ryan Channing
After coming out as gay, Channing was Thorpe’s first long-term partner. Following a four-year on-again, off-again relationship, the pair announced their split in 2019. Channing’s most recent Instagram photo was taken during a visit to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney eight weeks ago, when he tested positive for H1N1.
‘Covid got me GEWD (good)’, he told his 21,000 followers. However, it’s unclear whether the virus or its consequences may have played a role in his death. Thorpe stated that he was thinking of Ryan’s family while Channing was seen at an event with her husband on Saturday. Ryan has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most powerful e-commerce entrepreneurs through generating millions of annual unit sales for both Blaq and Flight Mode in Australia and internationally across his three enterprises.’
His LinkedIn profile says: ‘Ryan has built up a solid reputation as one of Australia’s most successful e-commerce entrepreneurs by generating millions of annual unit sales for both Blaq and Flight Mode in Australia and internationally across his three brands.’
Ryan Channing Career Explored
Ryan Channing has also been making progress on his political aspirations, having announced last July that he was filming a pilot for a new reality series on Netflix in Los Angeles called The Skintrepreneurs. Before going to university to pursue commerce, marketing, intellectual property and international law, Channing worked as a model in New York, Paris, and Milan before spending time abroad studying.
He said his time in the modelling business had given him an eye-opening understanding of the beauty industry and what consumers want in a cosmetic item. He was best recognized to most Australians for his association with Thorpe, one of Australia’s finest ever Olympians. Channing and Thorpe were considering surrogacy to have a kid at one point in their relationship. When Daily Mail Australia asked if they planned on having a kid in 2019, Channing replied, ‘Becoming parents is something that Ian and I would love to accomplish.’
‘Unfortunately the laws in Australia are difficult for same sex males in regards to surrogacy – California state law has really progressed in this space which makes it the best option legally.
‘Something I would love to see progress further in Australia so same sex couples don’t have to travel abroad to achieve their family goals.’
Ryan Channing Skincare Brand
In 2018, Channing launched his skincare brand with the goal of offering gender-neutral goods that were all Australian-made and natural. When he took his firm international to the US and Europe, he was dubbed one of Australia’s most innovative ecommerce entrepreneurs. n According to an interview with Dynamic Business in 2020, modeling taught him the need for self-care.
‘I wanted the products to be approachable for anyone, to be inclusive of both genders as we all face the same skin-concern in one way or another,’ he said.
He credited his success to “pure hustle and refusing to give up when one door says no.” In June 2020, a year after splitting with Thorpe, Channing revealed he was betrothed to Leevon Baptiste.