Former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who was known for championing the Ice Bucket Challenge that generated millions in donations, has died, the Frates family said in a statement released Monday through the university.

Frates had been fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gherig’s disease, after being diagnosed in March 2012, when he was 27. The statement said Frates “passed away surrounded by his loving family, peacefully” at the age of 34.

Through the , Frates helped spark the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in August 2014, a fundraising cause that spread rapidly through social media shares that asked people to either donate to ALS research or pour a bucket of ice water on top of themselves. Many both donated and poured the

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