Anthony Senerchia, the man who served as the inspiration behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that became a viral sensation, has passed away after a lengthy battle with the disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 46.
The Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon began when Jeanette’s cousin, Chris Kennedy, challenged her to the icy task in July 2014. She accepted, then passed the challenge along to others, and soon enough, those in Pelham, New York began closely associating it with Anthony and ALS awareness.
The challenge caught on quickly, especially after it was endorsed by popular musicians and celebrities, and successfully rose nearly $200 million for ALS research. Among the big names who participated: Steven Spielberg, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Rihanna, Chris Pratt, David Lynch, Taylor Swift, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Ben Stiller, Rick Rubin, and Liam Gallagher.