Inspiration behind 'ice bucket challenge' dies at 34

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 11 Dec 2019

A former US college baseball player who helped inspire the global phenomenon known as the "ice bucket challenge" to tackle a deadly neurodegenerative disease has died at the age of 34.

Pete Frates' struggle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, was one of the inspirations behind the ice bucket challenge, which reportedly raised more than US$200 million (HK$1.56 billion). Millions took up the challenge, which involved dousing themselves with a bucket of ice cold water and posting the video online, before making a donation to medical research and daring others to do the same.

Tom Cruise, Bill Gates and former US president George W Bush took part in the challenge.

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