Pete Frates, who raised millions to fight ALS, passes away

Pete Frates
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Pete Frates, whose courageous battle with ALS inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge and helped raise millions to fight the disease, has passed away, his family said in a statement. He was 34.

"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," his family said in a statement Monday.

Frates, a former Boston College baseball captain, was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. He devoted himself to raising awareness for the disease and money to fight it, most notably inspiring the Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral in the summer of 2014 and helped raise more than $200 million from around the world.

The Frates family asks that anyone looking to extend an expression of sympathy to "please consider making a donation to the Peter Frates Family Foundation, 21 Landers Drive, Beverly, MA 01915 or online at"