ALS Co-Founder Fell Victim To A Drowning Accident, Dead At 27

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As annoyed, as everyone may be by the swarm of ice bucket challenge video posts on their Facebook feeds; the challenge is for a good cause. Unfortunately, ALS is not the only tragic part of the challenge. Corey Griffin, one of the co-founders of the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” passed away over the weekend at the young age of 27.

Griffin co-founded the ice bucket challenge phenomenon that involves pouring a bucket of ice water over yourself to help raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The viral craze started after Griffin’s friend Pete Frates was diagnosed with the disease.

According to the Independent, Frates says. “He held his own event for me back in 2012 just a few months after the 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 drowned off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts while diving. At approximately 2:00 a.m. he dove from a popular diving cliff and surfaced once, but was then pulled under by the waves.

Griffin’s efforts have helped raised $100,000 for ALS.

[via Salon]