An 18-year-old American boy who died on Christmas Day has garnered worldwide attention for a series of heart-breaking videos he recorded weeks before his death.
Ben Breedlove suffered from a life threatening heart condition which caused him to have multiple heart attacks in his short life.
Called ‘My story’, he recorded the video on December 18, 2011 to prepare his family and friends for his eventual passing. He uses a series of flash cards to explain why death no longer scares him.
He describes his first near death experience that happened when he was just four years old and talks about a bright light that brought him peace.
In his most recent near death experience, he was in a room with his favourite rapper, Kid Cudi
"I couldn't stop smiling," he writes in the video, "I was proud of myself, of my entire life, everything I have done. It was the BEST feeling... I didn't want to leave that place. I wish I NEVER woke up."
His final words are: "Do you believe in Angels or God?... I Do."
On Christmas night, the young Austin school student died of a heart attack, the fourth in his short life.
His inspiring and heartbreaking story has now become a online hit, inspiring millions worldwide.
Rapper Kid Cudi wrote on his blog:
"Iam [sic] 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 [sic] mine. You have my love." — Scott Mescudi