Police in Bali have released a statement confirming the cause of death of Australian skincare tycoon Ryan Channing.
Channing, passed away in hospital in Bali on the 8th of May, after collapsing in his villa. Before his death, Ryan Channing split his time between Australia, the USA, and Bali. He was on holiday with his family at the time of his death.
The media announced the passing of the founder of BLAQ Skincare before the family had an opportunity to share the news for themselves. In subsequent Instagram posts, Channing’s brother Jake Channing vowed that his family was ‘seeking answers’ to his brother’s sudden and shocking passing.
Police in Bali have now revealed the cause of death as an overdose of prescription medication. Though it is not known what Channing was receiving treatment for, a statement shared by BLAQ Skincare on the day of his passing confirmed that he had been in ill health for some time.
Channing was rushed to hospital on the 6th of May after fainting at his holiday villa. His family immediately called an ambulance which arrived just in time. The ambulance team from the Canggu Clinic was able to stabilize him before they rushed him to BIMC Hospital in Kuta. He was kept in hospital for two days and is believed to have undergone treatment to reverse the overdose.
Channing’s parents were with him for the two days before his passing. His mother, Joy Channing, also released a statement in her own time thanking friends, family, and followers for their outpourings of love and support.
Police in Kuta who are thought to have been supporting the family, has confirmed that the death is not being treated as suspicious. No further formal report of the incident has been filed, since he died in a hospital, and it is thought that his body will be flown back to Australia on a repatriation flight in preparation for his funeral in Perth next week.
Ryan Channing was best known as the founder of pioneering skincare brands BLAQ, Flight Mode, and Generation Skin. He was also a social justice activist. Channing and his ex-fiance the gold medal Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe were instrumental in the campaign for equal marriage in Australia.
The pair fronted public campaigns that lobbied for equal marriage rights and the creation of laws that protect the LGBTQIA+ community in Australia. Ex-fiance Ian Thorpe has shared how his love and thoughts are with the Channing family at this time and has asked for privacy while he grieves.
In the weeks since his passing there has been an outpouring of love and appreciation for the entrepreneur both online, in Australia, and Bali. A memorial was held for Channing on a quiet and pristine Kuta Beach.
Local friends of Channing placed candles and a photo of him on a plinth with a banner that read ‘We Love You, Ryan Matthew Channing’.
In photos shared by the press, the Channing family can be seen gathered at a memorial dinner for Ryan, joined by a group of his Balinese friends at Mano Beach House in Seminyak.
It is believed that the Channing family remains in Bali and will be heading back to Australia to prepare for the funeral in the coming days.
Though the founder of BLAQ Skincare has passed away the business will still live on. In a statement issued by the company, it is clear that Channing’s zest for life will continue to inspire the company through these dark days. The statement concludes with Blaq ’strives to empower equality through its distinctive messages of acceptance and inclusivity. His [Channing] fun and loving spirit will be missed by all.’
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