The distraught parents of the late model and businessman Ryan Channing have vowed to get to the bottom of his sudden death in Bali when they came out to hold a memorial dinner at a restaurant near where he died.
Channing, 32, the former lover of Olympic legend Ian Thorpe, died Sunday evening while on holiday with his family on the tourist island.
Hours before he bravely joined friends at a Kuta restaurant on Wednesday night, his mother Joy Channing posted a touching tribute in which she vowed to “seek answers and come to terms with the heartbreaking loss.”
“Ryan lived life to the fullest,” Mrs. Channing said. ‘Constantly surrounded by tension and creativity, with an unmistakable drive to seek perfection in everything.
“To be part of Ryan’s world and to be swept up in his adventures and triumphs was a privilege for all of us,” she said.
“We will need time to understand how we will navigate the rest of our lives without his physical presence around us.”
Ryan Channing’s parents (center) boldly joined some of his Balinese friends for a memorial dinner on Wednesday
Channing traveled to Bali two weeks ago and met his parents who were already on vacation there. His sister Charis was there too
Channing’s mother Joy said they are still trying to “find answers and come to terms with the heartbreaking loss.” In the photo: Channing with his family
Mrs. Channing and her husband Steve were photographed at Mano Beach House, surrounded by eight close friends for a dinner in honor of their son.
“#ryanchanningmemorial,” a friend said in the post.
Channing traveled to Bali two weeks ago and met his parents who were already on vacation there. His sister Charis was also there.
He often split his time between Bali, Australia and the United States for business purposes and recently adopted a dog while abroad with his partner, Leevon Baptiste.
It is clear that Channing had a financial interest in the resort where he and his family stayed, the Tagoo Luxury Villas.
The villa manager helped plan the memorial dinner for Wednesday with his family.
Channing lived a jet set lifestyle and “striving for perfection” in every aspect of his life.
His family says, “Ryan’s shining star cannot be extinguished by his sudden departure from our world” and hope that he “will share in silence forever in our adventures and triumphs.”
Channing (pictured) is said to have had a financial interest in Tagoo Luxury Villas in Bali and traveled there often. He adopted this puppy with his partner while on the island
Ex-boyfriend Ian Thorpe told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday that he wanted privacy and said he wished the same for Channing’s family.
“My thoughts are with them and I hope their privacy is respected. It’s a difficult time.’
Channing’s skincare company, The Blaq Group, released a statement Thursday confirming his death; and noted that he had been struggling with health problems for months.
Just eight weeks ago, he was hospitalized against Covid-19.
“Covid has given me GEWD (good),” he told his 21,000 followers at the time.
Channing was former Olympic swimming champion Thorpe’s first long-term boyfriend after he came out as gay.
Channing was former Olympic swimming champion Thorpe’s first long-term boyfriend (pictured together) after coming out as gay
The couple had an on-again, off-again relationship for four years until they broke up for good in 2019.
Last July, Channing revealed that he was filming a pilot for a new reality show on Netflix in Los Angeles called The Skintrepreneurs, which would follow his business pursuits.
Before becoming a businessman, Channing traveled the world working as a model in New York, Paris and Milan before going to university to study commerce, marketing, intellectual property and international law.
He said his time in the modeling industry gave him insight into the beauty industry and what consumers want in a product.
Channing founded his skincare company in 2018, with the goal of providing gender neutral products that are all made in Australia and natural.
Source: New feed