Griffin, who started the ALS ice bucket challenge with his friend Pete Frates, dies in a diving accident on Nantucket. Griffin had recently learned that the $100,000 had been raised for ALS, and he was very excited. His father tells The Boston Globe:
He was the happiest guy in the world. He called me last night and told me he was in paradise.
Griffin was visiting Nantucket in hopes of raising more money for the cause. At around 2:00 AM, Griffin dove off the Juice Guys’ building into Nantucket Harbor and drowned. A friend tells WHDH (Chanel 7 in Boston):
He threw himself behind a lot of causes. Way more so than anyone, you know, of our generation. And just put his heart and soul behind these things. He did it for Boston Children’s Hospital. He has been doing it more recently for ALS.