In Nantucket, Massachusetts, the Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder, Corey Griffin passed away in a swimming accident.
“After leaving a fundraiser for ALS, Corey dove off a building at Straight Wharf in Nantucket at 2 a.m. on Aug. 16 and drowned” in the Nantucket harbor. After Griffin dove into the harbor, he had emerged for a brief moment before sinking below the surface. There have yet to be any reports of neck related injuries. According to the Boston Globe, Griffin “was pronounced dead at 3 a.m.”
Griffin started the fundraiser for his dear friend, 29-year-old Boston College baseball legend and ALS victim Pete Frates. After being diagnosed with ALS in 2012, Frates’ loved ones did everything in their power to raise awareness for the disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). #TeamFrateTrain, lead by Griffin, introduced the idea behind the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. “The challenge went viral all over social media and his efforts helped raise $22.9 million for ALS research, according to the ALS Association website.”
Celebrities, athletes, and many people from across the world engage in the challenge and donate money for the cause.
Frates posted some reinforcing thoughts out on Facebook about his close friend Griffin’s tragic death:
“Team FrateTrain lost a good friend today, Corey Griffin. Helping out was nothing new for Griff. He held his own event for me back in 2012, just a few months after diagnosis. He worked his butt off these last few weeks for ALS. We texted everyday, planning and scheming ways to raise funds and plan events.”
Griffin is survived by his mother, father, one brother and one sister.
Tragedy has struck the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge…