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Man who helped raise thousands for ALS through 'ice bucket challenge' dies

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In support of college friend and ice bucket challenge inspiration Pete Frates, Griffin raised $100,000 for ALS research in recent weeks. (Source: Family photo/WBZ/CNN) In support of college friend and ice bucket challenge inspiration Pete Frates, Griffin raised $100,000 for ALS research in recent weeks. (Source: Family photo/WBZ/CNN)

SCITUATE, MA(WBZ/CNN) - A man who recently raised thousands of dollars for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, drowned Saturday after diving into Nantucket harbor.

Childhood friends tried to put into words how much Corey Griffin added to the world in his 27 years.

"We were saying yesterday we can't remember Corey saying a single thing negative or saying anything bad about anybody," Tommy Greeley said.

Griffin died early Saturday morning after diving off the top of a building into the harbor.

His weekend was supposed to be devoted to fun with the friends he loved and doing good for others.

"He always turned every situation into a positive, no matter how negative it was," Anthony Aiello said. "Anybody knew within 30 seconds of a conversation with him that you had made a new friend."

Family said in support of college friend and ice bucket challenge inspiration Pete Frates, Griffin raised $100,000 for ALS research in recent weeks.

Frates sent a statement, saying in part: "He worked his butt off these last few weeks for ALS. We texted every day, planning and scheming ways to raise funds and plan events."

Fundraising was nothing new for the Thayer Academy and Babson College alum.

"[He was a] great athlete and suffered a couple concussions and even turned that into a positive," Greeley said. "He raised money for brain injury awareness for Children's Hospital."

Griffin leaves behind his mother and father, a younger brother and sister, and friends across the globe.

"Someone asked me yesterday if I could come up with one particular memory that was special, and I said, 'Do you have time for 20 years of stories?'" Aiello said.

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