The story of Ben Breedlove, an Austin, Texas, teenager who suffered from a heart disease for the duration of his life before he died on Christmas day, touched the hearts of all, namely rapper Kid Cudi, with his YouTube videos that have gone viral since his death.
Breedlove, 18, died on Christmas after years of battling a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, according to NBC news affiliate KXAN, which causes the heart muscles to thicken making blood transportation difficult.
The teen started his own YouTube channel, Breedlove TV and OurAdvice4You, to chronicle his which has since gone viral and captured the attention of Kid Cudi.
Here's the story.
In one of the videos, Breedlove talks of the multiple times he cheated death, naming Kid Cudi as part of a vision he saw while in the hospital one month before his death.
There was this big bright light above me, Breedlove said. I told my mom, 'Look at the bright light' and pointed up. She said she didn't see anything.
Breedlove said during the experience at the emergency room, he was wearing a suit and the rapper was present.
Why he was the only one there with me, I'm still trying to figure out, Breedlove said of Kid Cudi while his favorite song, Mr. Rager, played in the background.
I then looked in the mirror, I was proud of myself of my entire life, everything I have done. It was the BEST feeling, he said.
His story was picked up by many major news outlets and garnered the attention of Cudi, who posted his sentiments on his Tumblr blog following the death of Breedlove.
I am so sad about Ben Breedlove, Kid Cudi wrote. I watched the video he left for the world to see, and him seeing me in detail, in his vision really warmed my heart. I broke down, Iam to tears because I hate how life is so unfair. This has really touched my heart in a way I cant describe, this is why I do what I do. Why I write my life, and why I love you all so much. Life is really @!$%#ed up sometimes, but I know Ben is at Peace, and I hope he gets a chance to sit and talk with my Dad. We love you Ben. Forever. Thank you for loving me. To Ben's family, you raised a real hero, he's definately mine. You have my love.
On Dec. 18, Breedlove recorded a final video series videos in which he talked about death, feeling at peace with the inevitable, and his battle to postpone death through a series of placards he used to tell his story. Breedlove also used his YouTube series to offer teens advice on dating and hardships that they face in life.
One of the things I noticed about that video is he was very confident in what he was sharing that day. And he wasn't sad when he made that video, his dad Shawn Breedlove told KXAN. I spoke to a friend who was in the room with him when he made that video and he was just enjoying what he was doing but it was obviously a very serious subject matter for him to discuss and for him to share with other people.
After his death, a family friend named David Murff started a fundraising effort to help Breedlove's family.
Even though this video is getting tons of attention, people are being touched and inspired, and Ben has even been called a HERO by KID CUDI, the Breedlove family lost their son, Murff wrote. We think getting a fundraiser going and sending the money down to the family would be a good start. My cousins and their family are close friends with the Breedloves.
Also, a friend of a friend was very close with Ben and she thinks it's amazing and that Ben would LOVE it. Ben's family will receive the money and will be able to donate it to whatever charity or cause they feel drawn to in Ben's name. This way, Ben will be remembered for his incredible impact on so many and the selfless giving he inspired. It will be Ben's last Christmas present to the world. This is also a way to show how much Ben meant, how many people he is touching with his videos, spread this incredible story, and that his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers!
As of Tuesday afternoon, the fundraiser has earned $240 in donations toward its $1,000 goal.
View Ben Breedlove's final videos one week before he died on Christmas below.