A teenager in Scotland has died after taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Guardian reported Monday. Cameron Lancaster, 18, died Saturday after he jumped feet-first into water at Prestonhill Quarry in Inverkeithing.
It’s apparently the first fatality that has been linked to the Ice Bucket Challenge. The exact circumstances are unknown. The Independent wrote the teenager took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge before he jumped into the water, while The Guardian wrote he jumped into the water as a “new take” on the challenge.
A police spokesman said: "Inquiries are under way to establish the full circumstances of what happened, and Police Scotland's thoughts are with the family."
In a statement released by Police Scotland, his family said: "Cameron died in a tragic accident. His death is such a great loss. During his short life, he touched so many people with his friendliness, kindness and thoughtful generosity of spirit. He will be hugely missed by his family and friends.
"The family are finding it hard to come to terms with this sudden loss and would ask for privacy."
The Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media sensation that has raised millions of dollars for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the lethal neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Nearly $80 million has been raised since the Ice Bucket Challenge started on July 29, the ALS Association reported Monday. Everyone from Vogue editor Anna Wintour to former “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston has participated in the craze.
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