Ice Bucket Challenge Mega-Fundraiser, Corey Griffin, Dies In Diving Accident
Hours after raising $100,000 from fundraising for Lou Gehrig's disease, Corey Griffin died Saturday in a Nantucket diving accident. His cause of death was ruled accidental drowning. Griffin, 27, was a friend of Pete Frates, whose family and friends launched the Ice Bucket Challenge. Griffin was known as one of the original Ice Bucket Challenge pioneers; he was one of the first people to participate in the now-viral challenge, and helped propel the challenge to its viral fame. The ALS Association has raised more than $13 million — compared to $1.7 million over the same period last year.
According to the Nantucket police, Griffin dove into the water on Saturday at 2 a.m. He was transported to the Nantucket Cottage hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Griffin had long supported Frates in his quest to raise money for ALS, and was in Nantucket on a mission to do more fundraising for ALS research. There, he'd been planning different ways to fundraise and plan events.
His father told Boston Globe that Griffin was a guy who cared about everybody else. He shared his father's passion for Children's Hospital, and even helped to launch a weekend hockey tournament called the NHL Alumni Pro-Am for Boston Children’s Hospital.
His friends, and other family members, described him as a fun-loving, athletic, and generous young man who was a wonderful role model to children. A friend described Griffin to Boston Globe.
Griffin's best friend since childhood told the Boston Globe:
Another friend told 7News WHDH that Griffin was always supporting various causes.
The police are still investigating the situation, and the Nantucket Police Department released a press report.
And Team FrateTrain also shared a post on Facebook to show their support for Griffin and his family and friends.