Corey Griffin, a humanitarian who was instrumental in making the ALS ice basin test raising support drive become a web sensation, has kicked the bucket in the wake of suffocating in a jumping mishap off the bank of Nantucket, Massachusetts.
The 27-year-old’s life was given deplorably the ax on Saturday (16 August) when he pigeon off a wharf that serves as a famous jumping roost for locals, restoring once before vanishing over under the water and suffocating.
Griffin “helped transform the ice pail challenge for ALS into a raising money sensation after his companion Pete Frates was diagnosed”, as per a tribute in the Boston Globe, with his father Robert depicting him to the daily paper as “the happiest gentleman on the planet”.
“He called me the previous evening and let me know he was in heaven,” he included.
Griffin supposedly raised $100,000 at a pledge drive hours before his passing, with the ice can test having been one of the greatest ideas online in the recent days.
Oprah, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, George Bush and the Foo Fighters have all joined in the fight, which sees a can of ice water dumped over members’ heads, with even Vladimir Putin being tested this week.
The drive has so far brought $22.9 million up in help of Amyotrophic sidelong sclerosis.
“Assisting was nothing but the same old thing new for Griff,” Frates composed on Facebook. “He held his own particular occasion for me in 2012, simply a couple of months after conclusion.
“He worked his butt off these last few weeks for ALS. We messaged regular, arranging and plotting approaches to raise finances and arrangement occasions.”