Tributes pour in for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge champion Pete Frates after his death

Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball star who aided in the fundraising of more than $220 million for ALS research through the viral Ice Bucket Challenge, has died at age 34 after a nearly eight-year-long battle with the disease. 

Frates' death was confirmed by his family in a statement shared by his alma mater, Boston College, on Monday. 

Frates, a 2007 BC graduate from Beverly, Mass., was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2012 when he was 27 years old. Two years later, he became an integral part of the Ice Bucket Challenge that quickly took the internet by storm. The challenge involved people dousing themselves with buckets of ice water in order to raise funds and awareness for ALS, which currently has no known cure. 

Many across the nation who were touched by Frates took to social media to post tributes upon the announcement of his death. A particularly strong outpouring of support came from the Boston area, specifically in the sports world, with the Boston Celtics, Tom Brady's TB12 Sports, the NCAA and Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz among those sharing kind words and condolences on Twitter. 

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Additionally, the Boston Red Sox released a lengthy statement, calling Frates, who was an honorary player for the team, "an icon and member of our family."

Frates is survived by his wife Julie, daughter Lucy, parents John and Nancy and siblings Andrew and Jennifer. 

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