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Ice Bucket Challenge Pioneer Dies at 27 in a Diving Accident

Ice Bucket Challenge Pioneer Dies at 27 in a Diving Accident

Corey Griffin, one of the original pioneers of the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge movement, has died at 27 following a diving accident.

The philanthropist was in Nantucket Island on Friday evening for an ALS fundraiser, where he helped raise $100,000 for the cause. Hours later at around 2am, he dove into the water from the top of a building, but a horrible accident occurred. Corey “floated to the surface, then he sank. He did not come up again,” according to the Boston Globe. An off-duty lifeguard happened to be nearby and recovered his body from the bottom of the harbor.

Corey was close friends with Pete Frates, whose struggle with ALS was the launchpad for the Ice Bucket Challenge. He made it his mission to fight for the cause.

“He was the happiest guy in the world,” Corey’s father, Robert Griffin, said. “He called me last night and told me he was in paradise.”

We send out our thoughts and condolences to Corey‘s family during this difficult time.

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12 Comments

# 1

Why God why? Why take the good ones who try to do so much for others..

# 2

Omg so sad, makes you think, if the movement was never created, he wouldn’t have been in Nantucket to begin with and this wouldn’t have happened….

# 3

why would you dive into a pool from the top of a building at….2 am? was he drunk? nonetheless its tragic.

# 4

Rest in peace, Corey. Thank you for helping the cause with ALS. Horrible accidents, good people gone too soon. ALS is a horrible disease.

# 6

What a dumbass. Who dives into a pool at 2am from a buidung in the dark. He probably broke his neck on the side or something. Thought he was invincible.

# 7

why would you dive off a building though man that is not smart smh he is not no professional diver

# 8

How awful. People need to stop diving into water unless they are sure the water is deep enough. It sounds like he may have broken his neck. RIP

# 9

The irony in his death. So he was celebrating all this charity work? I always wonder where the real money goes to with these charities…like they take the bulk of the money for themselves so they can go off and party late into 2am and jump off buildings into water.

@sweetness: Why? Means there is NO God. Period.

@G: Exactly! Usually it’s the people who promote the charity is the richest. Wonder where all their money coming from? And there are just sooo many charities for all kinds of causes. BTW, this ice bucket thing is really getting annoying right now.

Fat government worker @ 08/19/2014 at 6:58 am

This is a young good looking guy, it is so sad. Rip Corey.

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