Corey Griffin, the 27-year-old philanthropist who helped popularize the ice bucket challenge, died in a diving accident on Aug. 16 just hours after raising more money for the fight against ALS, according to media reports.
The Boston Globe says that Griffin spent Friday night at a fundraiser for ALS, a cause he had championed since his friend Pete Frates, 29, was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease. After the event, Griffin took a plunge into the Nantucket Harbor off the top of a two-story building known as a popular diving spot for locals. Griffin came to the surface once, but resubmerged into the water. An off-duty lifeguard made several rescue dives and eventually recovered Griffin, but paramedics were unable to resuscitate him and he was pronounced dead at 3 a.m.
Griffin’s death comes just as his efforts to raise money and awareness about ALS -- also known as Lou Gehrig's disease -- are paying huge returns due to the viral success of the ice bucket challenge. Countless celebrities, athletes and musicians have joined millions of others in accepting the challenge to pour ice-cold water on themselves and/ or donate money to charity.
The ALS Association says they’ve received $31.5 million in donations between July 29 and Aug. 20, compared to just $1.9 during the same period in 2013. The event Griffin attended prior to his death reportedly raised another $100,000 for research into ALS, which currently has no cure.
To honor the memory of Corey Griffin by donating money to the ALS Association, head over to their website, ALSA.org.