Rapper Kid Cudi broke down in tears after watching a two-part video from a young fan who died on Christmas Day. 18-year-old Austin teen Ben Breedlove died of a heart attack from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes thickening of the heart muscle. Before his death, Breedlove posted his life story on Youtube, mentioning his favorite rapper, Kid Cudi, in the videos.
In the two-part Ben Breedlove video farewell, the young Austin, TX teen tells of his struggle to live a full life while suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood as the organ’s muscle walls thicken over time. The videos are all the more poignant as the story unfolds silently through a series of handwritten notecards with Gary Jules “Mad World” instrumental playing in the background.
Breedlove tells of several near-death experiences during his life, including one where he had a vision of being in a white room with his favorite rapper and hero, Kid Cudi. “I was wearing a really nice suit, and so was my fav rapper, Kid Cudi,” Breedlove says on one notecard. “Kid Cudi brought me to a glass desk and put his hand on my shoulder,” Breedlove wrote. “Right then my favorite song of his came on, ‘Mr. Rager.’ The part where it said ‘When will the Fantasy end … When will the heaven begin?’ And he said, â€˜Go Now.'”
“Right then, I woke up and the EMS were performing CPR. I didn’t want to leave that place. I wish I never woke up.” Sadly, Ben Breedlove died of a heart attack on Christmas day, just a week after posting his videos on YouTube.
“I am so sad about Ben Breedlove,” Kid Cudi posted on his Tumblr blog. “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, I am 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 f—- 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 definitely mine. You have my love,” Cudi said, signing off with his real name, Scott Mescudi.
Breedlove’s family didn’t discover the farewell videos until after the young man had passed away. The teen’s mother told the Austin Statesman that the videos were “a gift to us, and for him to be so confident and unafraid of death and to share it with other people was so touching.”
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