Pete Frates' courageous battle with ALS ended Monday.
The former Boston College baseball star has died at age 34, his family confirmed in a statement early Monday afternoon.
Frates was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease in 2012 at the age of 27. Over the next seven years, the Beverly, Mass., native dedicating himself to raising awareness about ALS, most successfully through the "Ice Bucket Challenge," a viral movement in the summer of 2014 that helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for ALS research.
Frates was active on social media and had avid supporters on the Boston sports scene, including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz and many more. He also received a custom World Series ring from the Red Sox in 2019 following their 2018 title.
Frates leaves behind his wife, Julie, and their daughter, Lucy.
Frates' death Monday prompted an outpouring of condolences, including from the Red Sox, who signed Frates to an honorary contract in 2015.
“Never in the history of baseball have we seen a person’s efforts outside of the game gain him a professional baseball contract and a home in the National Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry. “Such was the enormity of Pete Frates’ impact. His efforts will not only be felt in the labs of ALS researchers across the country, but also within the walls of Fenway Park where his spirit will remain with us, always.”
Frates was also honored on social media, as teams and prominent sports figures highlighted the legacy he left behind.
Pete Frates was the definition of an inspiration.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) December 9, 2019
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
We are very sad to hear about the passing of our friend @PeteFrates3 today. A big loss for the Boston community and beyond, his mission will live on forever. ♥️— TB12 (@TB12sports) December 9, 2019
"Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking, and don't ever be afraid to be great." -Pete Frates pic.twitter.com/ZjNNOPBtfk
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
RIP Pete Frates. You will never be forgotten for all that you have done for bringing awareness to ALS. Pete faced his fears of being diagnosed with ALS and used it as fuel to continue to live an amazing loving life. We will all miss you!!— Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) December 9, 2019
Rest In Peace my friend! Pete, you will be truly missed and your legacy will never be forgotten. Thank you for being a light for so many others 🙏🏾 #PeteFrates #alsIceBucketChallenge https://t.co/AGfMc0lhJM— Jackie Bradley Jr. (@JackieBradleyJr) December 9, 2019
@PeteFrates3 you were my hero, just as I told you every time we spoke. You truly made a difference. Your name and memory will live on forever. I am a better man having met you and being able to call you a friend. Thank you for everything. You will be missed.— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) December 9, 2019
The world lost a true hero today with the passing of Pete Frates.— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) December 9, 2019
I admired everything about him. His story will live on for generations. The battle he fought. His passion, joy for life and the amazing work he’s done to fight #ALS RIP Pete
Here is a Frates family statement: pic.twitter.com/YRleZFYuMN
Legends never die, Pete. Thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/isHWxGKjtt— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) December 9, 2019
When the cure for ALS is found Pete Frates will be one of the first names mentioned when people ask how it happened. What a fight he put forth. Rest In Peace.— Ryan Whitney (@ryanwhitney6) December 9, 2019
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