Ice Bucket Challenge pioneer killed in Nantucket dive

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.

Police say Corey Griffin dove from atop Juice Guys in Nantucket. Photo: Facebook/Juice Guys 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 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."

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