BOSTON (CBS) — Support for the Frates family was visible on Twitter Monday, after the death of 34-year-old Pete Frates. Frates, a former Boston College baseball captain, became an ALS advocate after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2012.
Frates helped make Ice Bucket Challenge a national phenomenon in 2014. After the online sensation, about 17 million people from around the world raised more than $200 million worldwide for the fight against ALS.READ MORE: Group Raising Money To Send Boy With Leukemia To Disney World
Many online tweeted how they will remember Frates and sent condolences to his family.
Gov. Charlie Baker called Frates “one [of] the most courageous and inspirational people” he has ever met. “Rest In Peace Pete. You earned it.”
@PeteFrates3 was one the most courageous and inspirational people I have ever met. He and his family changed the world for ALS patients & their families. Rest In Peace Pete. You earned it. #alschampion pic.twitter.com/J9Il5YaCyO
— Charlie Baker (@CharlieBakerMA) December 9, 2019
The Boston Bruins said Frates was “the definition of an inspiration” and his “courage, determination, and fight made Boston – and the world – proud.”
Pete Frates was the definition of an inspiration.
His courage, determination, and fight made Boston – and the world – proud. The impact he made on all of us will never be forgotten.
The Bruins offer their sincere condolences to the Frates family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/2oFPGVJ4AZ
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) December 9, 2019
“Our thoughts go out to the Frates family,” said Mass. State Police. “We were proud to take part in his Ice Bucket Challenge initiative.”
Our thoughts go out to the Frates family, hearing about the loss of Pete. He was a strong man, one of the toughest we've met. We were proud to take part in his Ice Bucket Challenge initiative. @MomFrates, he will be forever in our minds, as will you and your family.
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) December 9, 2019READ MORE: Newton To Keep School Mask Mandate In Effect After October 1
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said, “You helped us remember that we’re all one family & we have to look out for one another. There’s no telling how much good you’ve set in motion.”
Pete, you changed our city & our country for the better and made a difference in the lives of countless people. You helped us remember that we're all one family & we have to look out for one another. There's no telling how much good you've set in motion. RIP, my friend. #GoEagles https://t.co/aPjfqWQDvm
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) December 9, 2019
David Ortiz tweeted, “You changed my world Pete… Rest easy my friend – we’ll continue to spread your word.”
You changed the world Pete. Im so very proud to have called you my friend. Heart hurts a lot today but ur name and legacy will live on forever. Rest easy my friend – we’ll continue to spread your word. Boston was so lucky to have you 😔🙏🏿 #BostonStrong #alsicebucketchallenge #rip pic.twitter.com/LxHtExXWZN
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) December 9, 2019
“A legacy of courage, grace and nobility even as life dealt him tragedy,” Mitt Romney said.
Heartfelt sorrow with the death of Pete Frates, the young baseball star stricken with ALS who inspired the #IceBucketChallenge that raised millions for critical research. A legacy of courage, grace and nobility even as life dealt him tragedy.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 9, 2019
Boston College Head Baseball Coach Mike Gambino released a statement that said:
“When you’re a man of character and live a life of integrity and the cause is just, then people will follow. Pete represented everything we want in our student-athletes. He embodied character, toughness and class; living as a man for others to change the world. Pete’s individual battle with ALS has ended, but the mission that he started the day he was diagnosed lives on in our community, our university and in our program until we strike out ALS. This disease is going to end because of Pete Frates. We are all the better for having known Pete and witnessed his courage in the face of true adversity. Like Pete, the entire Frates family will always be a part of our program and our hearts go out to them.”MORE NEWS: Police Identify 2 Suspects Wanted In Norwood Murder
Family members said anyone who wishes to extend condolences can make a donation to the Peter Frates Family Foundation.