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Peter Frates, the inspiration behind the supremely viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has passed away at the age of 34. His family announced his death in a statement that was published by Boston College, which was Frates' alma mater.
According to the statement, Frates died on Monday in the presence of his family after fighting a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) since 2012.
Frates was the main inspiration behind the viral Ice Bucket Challenge and even received a lot of love and best wishes from all over the world when the challenge became popular. As the statement read, "Today Heaven received our angel: Peter Frates. A husband to Julie, a father to Lucy, a son to John and Nancy, a brother to Andrew and Jennifer, Pete passed away surrounded by his loving family, peacefully at age 34, after a heroic battle with ALS."
"Pete was an inspiration to so many people around the world who drew strength from his courage and resiliency," the announcement continued. "A natural born leader and the ultimate teammate, Pete was a role model for all, especially young athletes, who looked up to him for his bravery and unwavering positive spirit in the face of adversity. He was a noble fighter who inspired us all to use our talents and strengths in the service of others."
The family then laid out his lasting legacy. "Remarkably, Pete never complained about his illness," they said. "Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to give hope to other patients and their families. In his lifetime, he was determined to change the trajectory of a disease that had no treatment or cure.
"As a result, through his determination—along with his faithful supporters, Team Frate Train—he championed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," they went on. "In August of 2014, the historic movement pioneered social media fundraising and garnered donations globally that resulted in better access to ALS care, genetic discoveries, treatments and, someday, a cure. He was a beacon of hope for all."
We offer our deepest condolences with Frates family and we hope Frates rests in peace.