Corey Griffin was ecstatic when he called his father Friday night from Nantucket Island. The 27-year-old had just raised $100,000 to fight ALS in honor of his friend, Pete Frates, whose struggle with the disease turned the Ice Bucket Challenge into a viral sensation.
'He was the happiest guy in the world,' Corey’s father, Robert Griffin, said of his son 'He called me last night (Friday) and told me he was in paradise.'
The Boston Globe reports that hours later, at about 2 a.m. Saturday, Griffin dove into the water from the 'Juice Guys' building on Straight Wharf, according to a statement from Nantucket police. He floated to the surface, then he sank. He did not come up again.
An off-duty Nantucket lifeguard named Colin Perry who happened to be working nearby made several rescue dives and recovered Griffin from the bottom of the harbor, according to the police statement. Officers tried to resuscitate him until the fire department took him to Nantucket Cottage Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 3 a.m.
Corey Griffin’s family and friends said he was in Nantucket to do more fund-raising for ALS research. Robert Griffin said his son was tortured by his friend Frates’s ordeal with the incurable neurodegenerative disease, and had urged him to come visit Frates in their Friday night phone call.
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