Ice Bucket challenge co-founder Anthony Senerchia dies aged 46

Anthony Senerchia, credited as one of the co-founders of the viral Ice Bucket Challenge that swept social media in 2014, has died at the age of 46.

Thursday, 30th November 2017, 4:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th November 2017, 4:49 pm
People doing the ice bucket challenge for the motor neurone disease association

He had been suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), for a number of years.

The Anthony Senerchia Jr ALS Charitable Foundation website said the native of Pelham, New York, died early last Saturday.

In a video released by the ALS Association, Mr Senerchia’s wife, Jeanette, discusses how she helped launch the challenge by dumping a bucket of icy water on herself in 2014 and posting the video to Facebook.

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The challenge really took off when it reached friends of Pete Frates, a former baseball star at Boston College who was also fighting ALS.

Mr Senerchia’s bucket was put on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington last year.