Ben Breedlove, was an 18-year-old high school senior in Austin, Texas that died on Christmas Day of a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition he’d had all of his life.
Ben Left behind 2 wordless Youtube videos that explained his condition and some other things as well.
“The first time I cheated death was when I was 4,” Ben silently says with his notecards. During the videos, the haunting, minimalist cover of the 1980s hit “Mad World,” composed by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for the 2001 film “Donnie Darko,” plays. “I had a life-threatening siezure (sic). Scary right? I don’t remember too much from that day. Except one thing that I will never forget.”
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causes the patient’s heart muscles to thicken, making it harder for blood to leave the heart, which means the heart must work harder to pump enough blood. It’s a condition that can affect all ages, but it’s most severe in younger patients.
In the videos that Ben left behind, he goes into detail about his near death experiences as a child and as a young adult.
Earlier this month, Ben “cheated death” a third time — he passed out at school. He regained consciousness, though he couldn’t move or speak, to find himself surrounded by paramedics.
“I heard them say, ‘he’s not breathing, his heart is stopped & he has no pulse.”
“I really thought to myself, this is it. I’m dying.”
This time, he had a detailed dream, or vision: He was in a white room that had no walls. “I was wearing a really nice suit, and so was my fav rapper, Kid Cudi.” (Another adorable grin.) “Why he was the only one there with me, I’m still trying to figure out.” Ben’s favorite Kid Cudi song, “Mr. Rager,” started to play. The song contains the lyrics, “When will the fantasy end? When will the heaven begin?” At those words, the vision of Kid Cudi told Ben, “Go now.”
Ben woke up, but the last four notecards in the video say:
“I didn’t want to leave that place.”
“I wish I NEVER woke up.”
“Do you believe in angels or God?”
Kid Cudi heard of Ben’s dream, and responded to the teenager’s videos on his Tumblr.
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 @!$%#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 Benâ€™s family, you raised a real hero, heâ€™s definately mine. You have my love.
Since Ben’s passing, thousands of people have been leaving their prayers and showing their respect for the late teen.
Ben’s mother, Deanne Breedlove, says her son died after the family opened their Christmas presents.
“I just think Ben opened doors for a lot of people to think about something that maybe they’ve never thought about before and that to me is a wonderful gift.”