Corey Griffin, who helped the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge become a viral sensation, died last Saturday while swimming with friends off the coast of Nantucket. The 27-year old dove into the water off a popular diving perch, and resurfaced once before disappearing. He is said to have suffered two crushed vertebrae during the dive.
Griffin became involved with the ALS charity when his longtime friend Pete Frates was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease back in 2012. Along with Frates and Pat Quinn, Griffin helped make the Ice Bucket Challenge a viral phenomenon that attracted heavy celebrity support and raised $22.9 million for the charity.
As with anything that becomes popular, the Ice Bucket Challenge has its detractors (although most of them are probably trolls). And truth be told, watching a bunch of rich assholes jump on a bandwagon does get annoying. But regardless, in just 27 years, Griffin ended up doing more to help others than most of us could accomplish in ten lifetimes, so even if you're not a big fan of the IBC, this guy deserves a lot of respect. It's a shame to see him cut down in his prime. (Source)