Sports world mourns Pete Frates, who died at 34 after battle with ALS

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.

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