Pete Frates, who is better known as the man behind the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ has passed today (Monday, December 9th), surrounded by friends and family members.
The Beverly native and former captain of Boston College’s baseball team was diagnosed with ALS in 2012 at 27 years old. Frates was known for popularizing the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge,’ which raised millions of dollars to fund ALS research, catching the eye of celebrities like Bill Gates, Leonardo DiCaprio, Conan Obrien, Ellen DeGeneres and many more.
Pete’s family made a statement Monday afternoon to the official website of Pete Frates. “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.
Pete was an inspiration to so many people around the world who drew strength from his courage and resiliency.”
Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of former @BCBirdball captain Pete Frates ’07, whose heroic battle with ALS served as the inspiration for the #IceBucketChallenge, died at the age of 34.— Boston College (@BostonCollege) December 9, 2019
In Memoriam: https://t.co/09wI6Nk5OL pic.twitter.com/faTctiu1jE
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
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
Pete is survived by his wife, Julie and daughter, Lucy, mother Nancy and father, John. In addition, his survivors include siblings, Andrew Frates and Jennifer Mayo; grandfather, John Frates; and his grandparents, Jerry and Joan D’Alfonso.
A funeral Mass for Mr. Frates will be said at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Chestnut Hill.
The family concluded, “As we prepare to lay Pete to rest, we ask that you respect our privacy while we mourn his loss,” his family said Monday. “For those who would like to extend an expression of sympathy, please consider making a donation to the Peter Frates Family Foundation, 21 Landers Drive, Beverly, MA 01915 or online at petefrates.com/donate. Pete’s foundation’s mission is to aid progressed ALS patients in their desire to stay at home with those who love them most.”
Please click here if you would like to donate to The Pete Frates or The Peter Frates Family Foundation.