The heartbroken family of Ian Thorpe’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan Channing, responds to false rumors claiming he has HIV when he suddenly dies in Bali.
Channing, 32, was a successful model, lawyer and businessman from Perth before his shock death on the Indonesian resort island on Sunday.
The only detail his family has confirmed about his death is that it was not a result of Covid, even though he had been hospitalized with the virus eight weeks earlier in Sydney.
His skincare company, The Bloc Group, confirmed on Thursday that Channing had been battling health problems for a few months before his death, but the nature of those issues is unknown.
Trolls took to Channing’s Instagram page overnight Wednesday to spread unverified rumors that he had taken his own life, and that he had HIV – a serious disease that attacks the immune system.
But Abhay Channing, a young relative of the skincare brand maker, hit back – politely asking people not to ‘make assumptions about someone’s death’.
Ryan Channing (pictured left) used to date former Olympian Ian Thorpe (right) until they broke up in 2019
Abhay Channing (pictured) politely asks people not to speculate about his relative’s death
One person wrote: ‘You will see that Ryan went to the hospital with Kovid.’
‘Classic reaction from another young, healthy male who is immune to HIV.’
The young woman politely replied: ‘Please don’t make assumptions about someone’s death.’
Another person wrote: ‘Only 32 years and always a picture of health.’
‘Suicide is a terrible thing, mental health funding needs reform.’
Asked by someone how she knew Channing took her own life, Ms Channing wrote again: ‘Please don’t make assumptions about someone’s death.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Channing for comment.
After Channing’s death on Sunday, people started spreading unverified rumors (pictured)
Social media users said that Channing (pictured) had HIV, and died by suicide. Cause of death not known
Her skincare company, The Bloc Group, posted an emotional tribute on Thursday – remembering the 32-year-old for her ‘funny love interest’.
‘It is with a heavy heart we share the news that Ryan Channing, the founder of The Bloc Group, has passed away at the age of 32.
‘Ryan had been battling health issues for the past few months and died in hospital on Sunday 9 May after suddenly falling ill while on holiday in Bali.’
‘Her inspiration has led to the creation of the highly regarded skincare brands, Flight Mode and Generation Skin, as well as the flagship brand Bloc, which strives to empower equality through its distinctive messages of acceptance and inclusivity.
The shock death was announced on Wednesday by his younger brother, Jake, on Instagram.
Jake wrote, ‘Given that my entire family received news headlines to post about this unfortunate time in our lives, I announce with a heavy heart that my brother Ryan passed away recently on May 8, 32 Has died at the age of. ,
Channing’s Skincare Company, Bloc Group Confirms She Was Released Health In Emotional Tribute
Channing’s sister Charis also wrote a tribute, and later shared it on her Instagram stories with the caption ‘Heartbroken’ (pictured)
‘As we seek answers and try to come to terms with the heartbreaking loss of our beautiful older brother, we ask for your prayers, support and privacy, he will always be loved, never forgotten and forever young Will happen.
‘To my big brother, I love you, I will see you one day soon You will be missed more than you know.’
His sister Charis wrote: ‘Saying goodbye to you on Sunday was the hardest thing my family and I have ever done. 32 years young, you left too soon.
‘As we seek answers and try to come to terms with the heartbreaking loss of our brother, we ask for your prayers, support and privacy.
‘I know you’re looking down on us and we love you so much.’
Charis also shared the tribute on her Instagram stories with the caption ‘Heartbroken’.
Charis Channing (left) says she is saddened by the loss of her brother Ryan (right)
Channing (pictured) was a successful model and businessman from Perth
A friend told News Corp that Channing, a successful businessman, had been “stricken with health issues” for some time.
‘Everyone is distraught,’ said a close friend.
‘It’s very sad and everyone is shocked.’
Channing was former Olympic swimming champion Thorpe’s first long-term boyfriend after coming out as gay.
The pair were in an on-again, off-again relationship for four years until they parted ways in 2019.
Channing’s last Instagram post eight weeks ago was a photo of Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital testing positive for the virus.
‘Covid has given me GEWD (good)’, he told his 21,000 followers.
Channing posted a photo from Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital eight weeks ago, saying ‘Covid got me GEWD (good)’, after testing positive for the virus
Ryan Channing’s shattered family vows to find answers to his shock death
However, it is not clear whether the virus or its after-effects may have played any role in his sudden death.
A representative for Thorpe said his thoughts are with Ryan’s family.
Channing had most recently been running The Bloc Group, a skincare company that he founded and owned the Bloc, Flight Mode and Generation Skin brands.
His LinkedIn bio states, ‘Generating millions of annual unit sales across three of his brands in Australia and internationally, Ryan has earned his reputation as one of Australia’s most influential ecommerce entrepreneurs.
Last July he revealed that he was in Los Angeles filming a pilot for a new reality show on Netflix called The Skintrainers, which would follow his commercial pursuits.
Channing was a model who spent time living and working abroad in New York, Paris and Milan before going on to university to study commerce, marketing, intellectual property and international law.
Ryan Channing (pictured left with Ian Thorpe) was Ian’s first public boyfriend since he came out as gay in an interview with Michael Parkinson in 2014.
Channing said that she and Thorpe (pictured together) split because they were spending too much time apart.
She said that her time in the modeling industry gave her an eye-opening insight into the beauty industry and what consumers want in a beauty product.
He was known to most Australians for his relationship with Thorpe, one of the country’s greatest Olympians.
At one point in their relationship, Channing and Thorpe were actively considering having a child via surrogacy.
Discussing their plans to have a baby in 2019, Channing told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Being a parent is something Ian and I would love to do.
Jake Channing (left) confirms the shock of his dear brother Ryan Channing (right)
‘Unfortunately the laws in Australia are tougher for same-sex men regarding surrogacy – California state law has really advanced in this space making it the best option legally.
‘Something that I would love to see further progress in Australia so that gay couples do not need to travel abroad to achieve their family goals.’
Channing founded her skincare business in 2018, with the aim of providing gender-neutral products that were all Australian-made and natural.
He was named one of Australia’s most influential ecommerce entrepreneurs when he took his business internationally to the US and Europe.
A year after splitting from Thorpe, Channing revealed in June 2020 that she was engaged to engineer Levon Baptiste.
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