Massachusetts man dies after raising $100,000 for ALS

BOSTON - A 27-year-old Massachusetts man died in a diving accident on Nantucket Island, hours after he raised $100,000 for a Lou Gehrig's disease charity in honor of his friend who inspired the ice-bucket challenge sensation.

Corey Griffin dived into the water at around 2 a.m. Saturday from the top of the building housing the Juice Guys ice cream shop, Nantucket police told CBS station WBZ.

An off-duty lifeguard was nearby and made several dives into the water before he was able to pull Griffin out, WBZ reported. Police performed CPR at the scene but Grffin was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Griffin, from Scituate, was a former Boston College hockey player, WBZ said.

Griffin's family told the Boston Globe that he was friends with former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, whose family and friends launched the ice-bucket challenge to raise awareness and funds for charity.

Frates, 29, was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease, also known as ALS, in 2012. The movement has taken off around the country recently.

Griffin had been fundraising in Nantucket.


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