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Pete Frates 'Resting Comfortably' At MGH Amid False Report Of Death

03 Juillet 2017

Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, is said to be resting comfortably at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Outlets were citing journalist Mike Barnicle who had tweeted around 8 a.m. that a family friend informed him Frates was dead.

Shortly after false reports went out about Frates' death, the family updated the page again to clarify that their son was alive and fighting.

"I hate ALS. Back at MGH for Pete", Frates' mother Nancy wrote Friday on Twitter.

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"Pete is back at MGH and battling thisbeast ALS like a Superhero", the original post read. Family members said, "We feel your love and support and are so grateful". There are two different types of ALS, sporadic and familial, and the former is the most common form of the disease in the USA, accounting for 90 to 95 percent of all cases.

In 2014, Frates family started the Ice Bucket Challenge that the internet by storm to help raise awareness for ALS.

In late June, Frates along with his wife, Julie, announced they were partnering with the authors of "Boston Strong" to write a book on his life. The British version, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, also benefited from the social media craze, receiving $98.2m in donations. "10 hours in hospital followed by a relaxing night of nebulizer and gas masks".

Pete Frates 'Resting Comfortably' At MGH Amid False Report Of Death