Patrick Quinn "Ice bucket challenge founder" passes away

Man who launched the ice bucket challenge has died at the age of 37.

Patrick Quinn “Ice bucket challenge founder” passes away: Patrick Quinn was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in 2013. A month after his 30th birthday.

He died on Sunday.

ALS is a rapidly progressive fatal neurological disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

The ALS Association said: “Pat fought ALS with positivity and bravery and inspired all around him.

“Those of us who knew him are devastated but grateful for all he did to advance the fight against ALS.

“Our thoughts are with the Quinn family and all of his friends and supporters.

Mr Quinn, from New York state, had seen the ice bucket challenge on the social media feed of golfer Chris Kennedy in 2014.

Mr Kennedy had dared his wife’s cousin Jeanette Senerchia to take a bucket of ice water, dump it over her head, post a video on social media and ask others to do the same or to make a donation to charity.

Ms Senerchia’s husband had ALS.

Along with fellow sufferer Pete Frates, who died with ALS last year at the age of 34. Mr Quinn popularised the challenge to raise money for research into the disease.  Global247News Twitter

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