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Pete Frates, Boston College's champion of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, dies at age 34

Pete Frates, who popularized the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise millions for the ALS research, died at the age of 34 this week after battling with the disease.

Boston College, where Frates played baseball and graduated with a communication degree in 2007, announced the news on Monday with a statement from his family.

On behalf of Julie, Lucy, John, Nancy, Jennifer and Andrew, along with his extended family and multitude of friends, we ask that you celebrate Pete and the hope that he has given to so many by following his daily affirmation: Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking and don’t ever be afraid to be great.