Corey Griffin, Who Helped Spread Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies In Diving Accident
Corey Griffin, a friend of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge inspiration Pete Frates and one of the prime movers in the viral fundraising effort, died over the weekend in a diving accident. He was 27.
Griffin (at right, on right) had just raised $100,000 for ALS research in support of Frates, the former Boston College baseball player whose diagnosis with the disease led to the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon.
At approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday, while in Nantucket to conduct fundraising efforts, Griffin dove into the harbor from the roof of a wharf building and sank.
An off-duty lifeguard pulled Griffin from the water but could not resuscitate him. An hour later, he was pronounced dead. It appears the drowning was an accident.
“He was the happiest guy in the world,” his father Robert tells the Boston Globe. “He called me [on Friday] and told me he was in paradise.”