Pete Frates, the man behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, has died at the age of 32. The Boston College Alumni lost his battle with ALS just hours after being him rushed to the hospital, it was confirmed on Monday (3 July).
In 2014 the challenge, which involved people dumping buckets of ice water over their heads for charity before nominating more people, to take swept the globe in 2014 with everyone from Justin Bieber to Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama taking part.
Since his diagnosis in March 2012, at the age of 27, Frates’s family has taken an active role in raising awareness and funds for ALS research.
On 29 June, Frates’ wife Julie shared an image on Twitter of the two of them in a hospital bed, as he was treated for his debilitating condition. She wrote: “Typical day for big P and I… 10 hours in hospital followed by a relaxing night of nebulizer and gas masks.”