On December 25, 2011 an 18-year-old by the name of Ben Breedlove passed away from a serious heart condition he had lived with all his life. Before his death Ben recorded a silent two party YouTube video series which used cue cards to tell his story.
While the story could have ended there the hit-rapper Kid Cudi heard the story about Breedlove seeing him in a near death experience, a story that led Cudi to post the following response on his Tumblr account:
I am so sad about Ben Breedlove. 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 fucked 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.
At the time of this post the two Ben Breedlove videos have received more than 3 million combined pageviews on YouTube.
Here’s part one of the video:
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Here’s part two:
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