Notorious former Gold Coast bikie Ricky Chapman has died in Western Australia at the age of 32.
Chapman died after suffering a “medical episode” at Rio Tinto’s port in Cape Lambert in WA’s Pilbara region, about 60km from Karratha, at about 10pm on Wednesday.
The Courier-Mail reports Chapman had been employed as a FIFO rigger, travelling 1500km between Perth and Cape Lambert.
Rio Tinto said in a statement that WA Police and St John Ambulance attended the scene but were unable to save the contractor.
“Our thoughts are with the deceased person’s family, friends and colleagues at Cape Lambert who have been offered our full support including counselling services,” a spokesperson said.
The former Bandidos member was one of the key figures in the 2013 Broadbeach brawl that sparked a major crackdown on bikie gangs by the Queensland government.
Chapman later moved to WA but was jailed again for drug dealing.
After being released from jail he was caught up in the contract killing of Rebels boss Nick Martin, who was shot by a sniper in front of his children at the Perth Motorplex in 2020.
Chapman, who was dating Martin’s stepdaughter Stacey Schoppe, was sitting behind Martin at the time and was struck in the arm by the bullet, requiring surgery.
He was thrown back behind bars after the shooting for breaching the terms of his parole by associating with bikies.