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Anthony Senerchia Jr., who served as an inspiration behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, died this past weekend after a battle with ALS. He was 46.

"Anthony's positive attitude and fighting spirit helped him beat doctors' expectations by living more than ten years beyond their prognosis," his obituary stated. "If you asked Anthony, he would attribute this to his love and desire to be with his daughter Taya."

The post continued, "Throughout his fight, Anthony maintained a positive attitude and would say 'It's not what we take from life, but what we give back to others is what ultimately defines us.'"

With that in mind, Anthony would create the Anthony Senerchia Jr. ALS Charitable Foundation.

As for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it helped the ALS Association fund over 150 ongoing research projects and raised more than $115 million in eight weeks.

Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Matt Damon and Emma Stone were just a few of the many celebrities who participated and nominated friends. Look back at some of the most memorable in our gallery below

 

Kim Kardashian, Ellen Degeneres, Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star snaps selfies as Ellen DeGeneres pours ice and cold water over her head!

Kathy Griffin

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The comedian decides to "take it up a notch" and complete the challenge naked on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Matthew Lewis, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Harry Potter fans rejoice! The actor gets soaked (shirtless) for a great cause. 

Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Superman stars get soaked on the set of their new movie Batman v Superman.

Matt Damon, Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Water.org co-founder used toilet water in his challenge!

Ty Simpkins, Olivia Wilde

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Olivia Wilde soaks the cutie.

Kate Hudson, Ice Bucket Challenge

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The actress nominated Goldie Hawn, Matthew McConaughey and Muse after getting soaked.

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The rocker was nominated by Jason Becker, a musician who has ALS and can no longer play guitar.

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...and then got soaked herself.

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Rihanna iced her Monster tourmate...

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The actor suited up—literally—to accept Chris Hemsworth's challenge.

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The actress 8-year-old daughter acted as her stunt double.

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The BFFs took turns getting each other wet.

Benedict Cumberpatch

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THANK YOU, Tom Hiddleston, for your nomination. The Sherlock star delivered.

Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Twilight alum took on the challenge with her Equals co-star.

Tom Hiddleston

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The popular British heartthrob who plays Loki in the Thor films on Aug. 19 shared a video of himself taking on the challenge after being nominated by Castle star Nathan Fillion. He told Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans of The Hobbit to go next.

Emma Stone, Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Help star joined in the freezing fun and challenged her beau Andrew Garfield.

Anne Hathaway, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Oscar winner accepted Giancarlo Giammetti's challenge, then called on Kristen Stewart, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and Joan Rivers to follow suit.

Shia LaBeouf, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The actor lent his name (and buff bod) to the cause, and challenged New York artist Marina Abramović.

50 Cent, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The rapper accepted Ludacris and Bow Wow's challenge and in turn, nominated Omari Hardwick and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Ice Bucket Challenge, Victoria Beckham

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The designer looked posh even as her three sons doused her with ice water!

Lindsay Lohan, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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The Mean Girls star accepted her challenge on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and then nominated Brooklyn Community Services' Duffield Children's Center, Prince Harry and Jared Leto.

Mark Wahlberg, Family, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Ted star, wife Rhea Wahlberg and three of their adorable kids accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, then collectively nominated Spike Lee, Eminem, boxer Manny Pacquiao, Shailene Woodley and Jay Z.

Jamie Foxx, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star got some help from daughter Anelise when he accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He, in turn, challenged her to complete it, too, along with Drake and Channing Tatum.

Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Aussie star shrieked as she accepted her challenge, then nominated Jason Bateman!

John Travolta, Ice Bucket Challenge

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The actor happily accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Sarah Jessica Parker, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Sex and the City star wore only a towel when she accepted her challenge!

George Bush, Ice Bucket Challenge

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The former president took it like a champ, then nominated his pal (and fellow former president!) Bill Clinton.

Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The super-cute couple accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge together!

Verne Troyer, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Austin Powers alum pointed out that California is in a drought, so, sticking an Oreo cookie in his mouth, he "improvised" and accepted the challenge by getting doused in ice cold milk!

Kevin Hart, Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Think Like a Man, Too star accepted his challenge (shirtless!) and nominated Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade and Lebron James.



Drake, Ice Bucket Challenge

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The rapper accepted his challenge onstage, with Lil Wayne dumping the bucket of ice over his head. He then nominated Beyoncé!

Anna Wintour, Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Vogue editor-in-chief accepted the challenge from daughter Bee Shaffer, then nominated Roger Federer and Dominic West.

Behati Prinsloo, Ice Bucket Challenge

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Adam Levine's wife still looked model perfect as she accepted her challenge!

Hayden Panettiere, Ice Bucket Challenge

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The mom-to-be accepted the challenge, nominating Kasey Musgraves, Wladimir Klitschko and her unborn child.

Rachael Ray, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The cooking guru and the staff of her show accepted their challenge from Carrie Keagan! They in turn nominated Regis Philbin, Sharon Osbourne and Sesame Street!

Kermit the Frog, Ice Bucket Challenge

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This Muppet wasn't afraid to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Gwyneth Paltrow, Instagram, Ice Bucket Challenge

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The blonde beauty accepted the challenge and nominated her ex Chris Martin.

Liam Hemsworth, Ice Bucket Challenge

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Dressed in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume, the Hunger Games star took on the challenge without his bow and arrow.

Robert Pattinson, Ice Bucket Challenge

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This ALS ice bucket challenge involves a saucepan.

Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

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The husband and wife team made their ice bucket challenge a family affair.

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The dad-to-be let Wilmer Valderrama do the honors before nominating Dax Shepard, who was waiting in the wings.

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The Mission: Impossible 5 actor and director accepted Hugh Jackman's challenge and made donations on behalf of every member of the movie's cast and crew.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Emily Blunt soaked her husband...

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...and John Krasinski ambushed her in retribution.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Frontman Dave Grohl recreated the iconic scene from Carrie.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The "Wet" singer squealed as she got, well, wet.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Before the Hell's Kitchen host got doused by his kids, he challenged Bradley Cooper to follow suit.

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In regards to Anthony, those close to the philanthropist will remember his love for life and family even during his health battles.

"Anthony will be remembered as a fireball who tried everything in life. He was family oriented, generous and always ready to lend a helping hand," his obituary read. "He was a great husband, a proud father, a loving son and a great brother. He will be missed by everyone who knew him."

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a family fund online.

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