Patrick Quinn, who helped popularize the viral Ice Bucket Challenge that has raised over $220 million for global research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, died on Sunday, according to the ALS Association.
The Ice Bucket Challenge proved hugely popular, with videos of high-profile participants from Bill Gates, to Lady Gaga and former President George W. Bush clocking millions of hits.
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It typically strikes between the ages of 40 and 70, and average life expectancy after symptoms begin is three years, the ALS Association says.
"The Ice Bucket Challenge connected with a sweet left hook to the jaw of ALS and shook the disease up," Quinn told a crowd in Boston in 2019, five years after the social media campaign.
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