In an ironic turn of events, Corey Griffin, 27-year-old co-founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research has died by drowning. According to The Boston Globe, Friday night, before his death, Griffin hosted an ALS charity event on Nantucket Island where $100,000 was raised for the disease. Shortly after at around 2 AM on Saturday, an elated Griffin dove into the Straight Wharf off of a building, reportedly floating to the surface then sinking again. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead around 3 AM.
Griffin helped found the Ice Bucket Challenge after his close friend, Peter Frates, 29, was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. This year, the Ice Bucket Challenge really took off as celebrities have participated by baptizing themselves with buckets of ice water, donating money and challenging friends to do the same. Thus far, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $22.9 million for ALS research according to the ALS Association.
On Facebook, Frates lamented, “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.”
Though this death is shocking and sad, the Ice Bucket Challenge lives on so that people with ALS can have hope for the future.
As stated before, many celebrities have taken part. Check out Charlie Sheen’s unorthodox Ice Bucket Challenge video below