Corey Griffin, one of the masterminds behind the ALS Ice Bucket challenge died in a diving accident on Saturday. At 2 am on Saturday, Griffen dived off a building at Straight Wharf and soon drowned. According to the police report, after jumping, Griffin “floated to the surface” but his body “then went under water again not resurfacing.” He was taken to a local hospital nearby and was pronounced dead at 3 am.
The ALS Association said in a statement, ´ This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the Griffin and Frates families. We commend Corey for his exemplary efforts for raising awareness and funding to fight ALS.” He was one of the pioneers who helped the ALS Ice Bucket go viral online. The challenge was taken up by numerous celebrities from across the world. It helped raise funds for his friend Pete Frates, who was suffering from ALS.
Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Cristiano Ronaldo, Justin Timberlake, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Triple H, Lady Gaga, Satya Nadela and Jennifer Lopez are among the popular figures to have taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.