Tom Daley’s Olympic diver inspired to be gay dies of lung infection after hospital stay

An OLYMPIC diver says he was inspired to come out as gay by Tom Daley, who died of a lung infection at the age of 32.

Ian Matos was hospitalized for nearly two months before his condition worsened on Wednesday – after he showed signs of improvement.

Diver Ian Matos competes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio


Diver Ian Matos competes at the 2016 Olympics in RioCredit: Instagram ianmatos
He reveals Tom Daley as his inspiration


He reveals Tom Daley as his inspirationCredit: Instagram ianmatos

Matos competed in the men’s three-meter synchronized pedal event at the 2016 Olympics and won three bronze medals at the 2010 South American Games.

He initially sought medical attention because of an infection in his throat.

But then it spread to his stomach and lungs.

Brazil’s Olympic Committee said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to receive the news of the premature death of Olympic athlete Ian Matos, just 32 years old.

“The Brazilian team recognizes his contribution to the development of the discipline.

“My sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

Ian, full name Ian Carlos Goncalves de Matos, revealed in a newspaper interview in 2014 that he was inspired to stop hiding his sexuality by Tom Daley.

The superstar diver came out as gay in December 2013 and said he was dating a man.

The British hero said after winning gold at this year’s Tokyo Olympics in the 10-meter synchronized diving: “I feel extremely proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion. .

Ian said he confided in a friend that he was gay after Daley’s revelation but was advised to keep it private until after the 2016 Olympics so he wouldn’t lose his sponsor.

He ended up coming out as gay in 2014, saying the pressure of hiding from his boyfriend and not proving himself was too much.

Friends and wise men held a fundraiser last month so his mother and siblings could come to Rio and accompany him while he received medical care.

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