Police say Corey Griffin dove from atop Juice Guys in Nantucket. Photo: Facebook/Juice Guys
A former Boston College hockey player and friend of the inspiration behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was killed early Saturday after diving from a Nantucket building and drowning in the harbor below.
A witness told police that Corey Griffin, 27, dove from a “Juice Guys” cafe around 2 a.m., then floated to the surface before slipping back under the water.
An off-duty lifeguard was called to the scene and made several dives before pulling Griffin from the harbor floor. Police administered CPR, but Griffin was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead at 3 a.m.
Corey Griffin was a forward for both Boston College and Babson College. Photo: Babson College
An investigation is underway.
Griffin’s death came just hours after he told his father he raised $100,000 to fight ALS in honor of his friend, Peter Frates, whose struggle with the disease sparked the viral Ice Bucket Challenge.
“[Corey] cared about everybody else,” his father, Robert Griffin, told the Boston Globe.“He will be missed.”
Frates, a former Boston College baseball player, was diagnosed with ALS [also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease] in 2012. The ALS Association said Sunday that the challenge has led to $13.3 million more in donations than the organization has received during the same time last year, with donations coming from existing donors and 259,505 new donors.
"Team FrateTrain lost a good friend today, Corey Griffin," Frates wrote on his Facebook page Sunday. "Helping out was nothing new for Griff. He held his own event for me back in 2012, just a few months after diagnosis. He worked his butt off these last few weeks for ALS. We texted everyday, planning and scheming ways to raise funds and plan events."