Sad news today on the social media front. One of the people who helped kick off the #IceBucketChallenge to raise money and awareness for ALS, 27-year-old Corey Griffin, has died in a diving accident in Nantucket.
The #IceBucketChallenge, which, love it or hate it, has raised about $41 million for ALS thus far, has absolutely exploded in popularity this summer. Griffin was friends with Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. Family and friends connected to both Frates and Boston College were instrumental in elevating the #IceBucketChallenge to national attention and turning it into a successful charity drive for ALS.
On August 16, Griffin attempted a dive from the top of the Juice Guys building into the Nantucket Harbor. He was immediately spotted by an off-duty lifeguard, but sadly had already drowned before he was recovered from the water.