How ironic is it that a man who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge and had just helped raise $100,000 for ALS research drowned? This is such a tragic story that has come in the midst of the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Family and friends are saddened by the death of 27-year-old Corey Griffin who drowned after diving off a building into a harbor. A report on Monday says that just hours before he died, Griffin helped raise $100,000 for ALS to help his friend to fight ALS in honor of his friend, Pete Frates, whose struggle with the disease turned the Ice Bucket Challenge into a viral sensation.
In what the Nantucket Police Department says was a drowning accident, the young man dove into the water from the “Juice Guys” building on Straight Wharf around 2 a.m. He floated to the surface, then sank again. According to the police statement, Colin Perry, an off-duty Nantucket lifeguard who happened to be working nearby made several rescue dives and recovered Griffin from the bottom of the harbor. Officers tried to resuscitate him until the fire department took him to Nantucket Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead an hour later.
Griffin's family told The Boston Globe he'd been in Nantucket to raise even more money for ALS research. Griffin was credited with inspiring the ice bucket challenge. So far it's raised more than $11 million. Robert Griffin said his son was tortured by his friend Frates’s ordeal with the incurable neurodegenerative disease. Frates wrote a tribute to Griffin on his Facebook page. He wrote, "Team FrateTrain lost a good friend today. 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 was a Massachusetts native but had been living in New York City, where he worked for a finance company. He's survived by his parents, a younger brother, 25, and a younger sister, 23. He had also worked for years to raise money for Boston Children's Hospital.