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Pete Frates, Creator Of Ice Bucket Challenge Has Died, Aged 34

Pete Frates, Creator Of Ice Bucket Challenge Has Died, Aged 34

The man who created the viral 'Ice Bucket Challenge' has died at the age of 34, after dedicating his final years to raising money and awareness for his long-term illness - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Pete Frates came up with the challenge five years before his death, which was confirmed in a statement from his family.

Credit: PA
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It 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.

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"Pete was an inspiration to so many people around the world who drew strength from his courage and resiliency.

"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.

"Remarkably, Pete never complained about his illness. 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.

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"As a result, through his determination - along with his faithful supporters, Team Frate Train - he championed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. 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."

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He was diagnosed in 2012 with ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The condition weakens the muscles in the body and there is no known cure.

The Ice Bucket Challenge involved people pouring a bucket of icy water over their heads and filming themselves, before uploading to social media and nominating others to do the same, as well as donating money.

About 17 million people around the world took part, with awareness raised, as well as $220 million for research to help to find a potential cure.

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A foundation was already set up in his name and has helped to care for both his care and to raise money for others. You can find out more and also donate to further research here.

Featured Image Credit: The Pete Frates #3 Fund

Topics: US News

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]