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Corey Griffin Dies: Man Who Raised $100K for ALS Killed by Dive

By    |   Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 06:11 PM

Corey Griffin, a friend of the man who inspired the ice bucket challenge, died in a diving accident hours after he raised $100,000 for a Lou Gehrig's disease charity.

Nantucket Police told the Boston Globe that 27-year-old Griffin dove into the water from the "Juice Guys" building at around 2 a.m. Saturday. An off-duty lifeguard was nearby and recovered Griffin, who was pronounced dead at a hospital, The Associated Press reported.

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Griffin's family says he was friends with former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, whose family and friends launched the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and funds to fight ALS.

Griffin, of Scituate, had been fundraising in Nantucket.

Twenty-nine-year-old Frates was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease in 2012. The movement has taken off around the country recently.

Most recently, former President George W. Bush accepted the ice bucket challenge, and so did actor Tom Cruise, who bravely took eight buckets of chilly water to make up for the rest of his "Mission Impossible 5" crew who couldn't be there.

The ALS Association said more than $31 million has been donated since July 29.

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