BOSTON — Beverly native and ALS Ice Bucket Challenge creator Pete Frates has died at the age of 34.
Frates grew up on the North Shore and lived a busy life, having an immeasurable impact on the world through his activism following his diagnosis of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Tributes poured in from around the world for the former Boston College baseball player.
The Boston Red Sox issued a statement following the news of Frates' death on Monday:
Pete Frates was the definition of an inspiration.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) December 9, 2019
His courage, determination, and fight made Boston – and the world – proud. The impact he made on all of us will never be forgotten.
The Bruins offer their sincere condolences to the Frates family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/2oFPGVJ4AZ
Today we lost one of the strongest human beings to ever walk the earth. Pete you inspired our team and you inspired many others around the world!! The fight to strike out ALS continues and we will honor the name @PeteFrates3 every year until the fight has been won. pic.twitter.com/k0BTN7i2i9— Team Challenge ALS (@TMchallengeALS) December 9, 2019
Pete, you changed our city & our country for the better and made a difference in the lives of countless people. You helped us remember that we're all one family & we have to look out for one another. There's no telling how much good you've set in motion. RIP, my friend. #GoEagles https://t.co/aPjfqWQDvm— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) December 9, 2019
We mourn the loss of an inspiration to all. Thank you Pete Frates for changing the world each and every day.— The Eagle's Nest (@TheNestSJP) December 9, 2019
We are very sad to hear about the passing of our friend @PeteFrates3 today. A big loss for the Boston community and beyond, his mission will live on forever. ♥️— TB12 (@TB12sports) December 9, 2019
"Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking, and don't ever be afraid to be great." -Pete Frates pic.twitter.com/ZjNNOPBtfk
Oh how we loved and admired courageous Pete Frates. He changed the world by taking us on his journey, creating the Ice Bucket Challenge, and improving hope for others facing this daunting disease. Rest In Peace, and love to the remarkable Frates Family.— Worcester Red Sox (@WooSox) December 9, 2019
You changed the world Pete. Im so very proud to have called you my friend. Heart hurts a lot today but ur name and legacy will live on forever. Rest easy my friend - we’ll continue to spread your word. Boston was so lucky to have you 😔🙏🏿 #BostonStrong #alsicebucketchallenge #rip pic.twitter.com/LxHtExXWZN— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) December 9, 2019
Five years ago, @PeteFrates3, @PQuinnfortheWin and a handful of others literally changed the world when they launched the Ice Bucket Challenge.— Brian Wallach (@bsw5020) December 9, 2019
They inspired a movement that swept the globe, raising more than $200 million dollars and reshaping the fight against ALS.
Our hearts go out to Frates family and Boston community. @PeteFrates3 changed the trajectory of ALS forever and showed the world how to live with a fatal disease. His efforts to lead the Ice Bucket Challenge had a significant impact on the search for treatments and a cure for ALS— The ALS Association (@alsassociation) December 9, 2019
No one has ever done more to increase public awareness of #ALS and help raise funds for ALS research than Pete Frates. He was the embodiment of #BostonStrong. His legacy will live on and his advocacy will one day contribute to a cure being found for this terrible disease.— Tufts Medical Center (@TuftsMedicalCtr) December 9, 2019
RIP Pete Frates. You will never be forgotten for all that you have done for bringing awareness to ALS. Pete faced his fears of being diagnosed with ALS and used it as fuel to continue to live an amazing loving life. We will all miss you!!— Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) December 9, 2019
Pete Frates, the greatest athlete in Boston history, has passed away, per family. What a great fighter. He will never be forgotten.— Steve Buckley (@BuckinBoston) December 9, 2019
Thanks to Pete Frates one of the most charitable efforts in world history was launched. From July 29 to August 29, 2014, $100 million was raised for ALS through the Ice Bucket Challenge. That’s more than had been raised for ALS in a year.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 9, 2019
“It would have been very easy to retreat into solitude, retreat into anger. But they chose to take the public path because they realized they had a unique opportunity through Pete’s celebrity to help find a cure...” - Jack Dunn, Boston College spokesperson @boston25 pic.twitter.com/3DyR6LYWsy— Kirsten Glavin (@kirstenglavin) December 9, 2019
Our condolences go out to the Frates family today. Christiane and I are saddened to hear about the passing of a good friend and amazing person. Pete, thank you for everything you did for the fight against ALS and everyone you inspired to be a part of it. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/0zARfWmXDU— Ray Bourque (@RayBourque77) December 9, 2019
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