Man behind ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Corey Griffin, dies at age 27

By Gina DiFalco,

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the ALS ice bucket challenge has become a larger-than-life phenomenon that has absolutely taken over social media. Countless celebrities have been challenging each other, which has helped to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease.

After all the good that has come out of this, a tragedy has occurred. The man behind the challenge, who started it in support of his good friend, has died at the age of 27.

Corey Griffin, 27, died in Nantucket, Massachusetts in a diving accident early Saturday morning.

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According to the Boston Globe he dove off of the “Juice Guys” building and ultimately drowned.

Griffin started the ALS ice bucket challenge phenomenon in honor of his friend Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease in 2012.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the Griffin and Frates families,” the ALS Association said in light of Griffin’s death, E! Online reports. “We commend Corey for his exemplary efforts for raising awareness and funding to fight ALS."

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