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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Proves Fatal For Scottish Teenager

| by Lisa Fogarty

A teenager from Scotland died on Sunday after reportedly carrying out a risky, 'elaborate' stunt in the name of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – making this the first fatality related to the Internet craze, which began as a way to promote awareness and raise money for Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Cameron Lancaster, 18, reportedly jumped feet first into the deep waters of the Preston Hill quarry in Inverkeithing, Fife, according to the Daily News. The body of the boy, who was expected to attend his first year at Edinburgh Napier University this autumn, was discovered after a four hour search, reports The Independent.

The Daily News notes that "the teenager reportedly was attempting to put a new twist on the successful fundraiser."

His grieving family released the following statement via Police Scotland: “His death is such a great loss. During his short life, he touched so many people with his friendliness, kindness and thoughtful generosity of spirit. He will be hugely missed by his family and friends.”

A full investigation is under way to determine the exact circumstances of Lancaster’s death. The quarry where the teen reportedly died was a popular swimming destination, particularly for young people.

Lancaster’s tragic death comes just days after a young woman filmed herself taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while on top of a horse. When the cold water hit the animal, he ran off – throwing her from his back, reports The Telegraph.

In related news, Corey Griffith, 27, who was one of the creators of the challenge, drowned last week after diving into water in Nantucket, Massachusetts while on a weekend trip to celebrate the success of the fundraising campaign.

Sources: Daily News, The Independent, The Telegraph

Photo Credit: Police Scotland/PA