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Friend of Man Who Inspired ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dies While Diving in Nantucket

| by Lisa Fogarty

The friend of a man who inspired countless people to take part in the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge died this weekend while diving into a wharf in Nantucket, Massachusetts, reports Daily Mail.

Corey Griffin, 27, was pulled out of the Straight Wharf early Saturday morning by an off-duty lifeguard after he was reported missing at around 2 a.m., according to police. A witness says he was seen jumping off the Juice Guys building and into the water, where he floated to the surface. He then disappeared beneath the water and didn’t come up again, according to reports.

The man was reportedly close friends with Pete Frates, who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease and who is said to be the inspiration behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has struck a chord with many people – including celebrities. Griffin was celebrating in Nantucket just one day after he raised $100,000 to support ALS research, reports Boston Globe.

After lifeguard Colin Perry pulled Griffin out of the water, officers reportedly tried to resuscitate him, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at Nantucket Cottage Hospital at 3 a.m.

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“He cared about everybody else,” said father Robert Griffin, who says his son was always concerned with Frates’ welfare and had invited him to spend the weekend in Nantucket. “He was so happy to be able to help him.”

Griffin attended Boston College, where he was a college hockey player, before transferring to Babson College. He worked for Bain Capital and had recently moved to New York City to persue a career in finance.

In addition to being driven in his professional life, the man’s friends and family say he was also altruistic. He helped create a weekend hockey tournament called NHL Alumni Pro-Am at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Griffin is survived by his parents, 25-year-old brother, Michael and 23-year-old sister, Casey. His best friend, Anthony Aiello, described him as a fun young man who loved to travel.

“I just can’t stress enough that he was the greatest best friend, brother, and son anyone could ask for,” Aiello said. “He lived life to the fullest and everybody loved him. And every time he walked into a room, he put a smile on everybody’s face.”

Sources: Daily Mail, Boston Globe

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