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Tom Brady shares heartfelt tribute to Pete Frates after ALS activist’s passing

Pete Frates, whose activism following his ALS diagnosis raised an enormous amount of money for research thanks to his integral role in the creation of the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” passed away Monday.

Among the myriad athletes, celebrities and the like who have publicly mourned the Frates’ death was Tom Brady, who shared a heartfelt message about how the world has lost “a great soul.”

The New England Patriots quarterback took to Twitter Tuesday morning to relay his tribute to Frates, a post which included a statement from his TB12 company as well as a photograph of when Brady met Frates.

Diagnosed in 2012 at the age of 27, Frates — a onetime standout with the Boston College baseball team, serving as captain in 2006 and 2007 — later came up with the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 to raise awareness of ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease.

The response was of course overwhelming, as over $220 million was raised for ALS research thanks to Frates’ activism.