Just hours after raising more than $100,000 for ALS, one of the pioneers of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Corey Griffin, passed away this past weekend. He was 27 years old.
Corey was in Nantucket when he jumped off the “Juice Guys” building at a little after 2 a.m. on Saturday. According to the Nantucket police, he “floated to the surface, then he sank. He did not come up again,” the Boston Globe reports.
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The 27-year-old was passionate about raising awareness and money for ALS because of his close friendship with Pete Frates—whose struggle with the disease inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised millions for Lou Gehrig’s disease.
At the time of his death, Corey was on the island for a fundraiser for ALS.
“He was the happiest guy in the world,” his father, Robert Griffin, said. “He called me [Friday night] and told me he was in paradise.”