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Teen's final YouTube message inspiring millions

  • Teenager shared his inspiring story about living with chronic illness
  • Ben Breedlove posted a two-part message before his death on Christmas day
Teen's final YouTube message inspiring millions

"Do you believe in angels? I do." 

By the age of 18, Ben Breedlove had survived three heart attacks. The teenager from Austin, Texas had a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but he didn’t let that stop him from living the life he wanted. He even started a YouTube channel offering advice to fellow teens. 

But it was the last video he made that has touched so many people.


Ben passed away on Christmas Day. HLN affiliate KXAN reports he and his family had just finished opening presents. Ben's final two-part video was posted a week before he died.

"One of the things I noticed about that video is he was very confident in what he was sharing that day," Shawn Breedlove, Ben’s dad, told KXAN. "And he wasn't sad when he made that video."

In the video, Ben described one of his near-death experiences. He says in it, he saw rapper Kid Cudi standing along side him. When Kid Cudi heard about Ben's death, he said he "broke down."  

"I am [in] tears because I hate how life is so unfair," he wrote on his Tumblr blog. "I know Ben is at peace, and I hope he gets a chance to sit and talk with my dad."

Facebook fan pages have sprung up in honor of his life, and people are sharing their stories of his impact on YouTube, letting him know he will not be forgotten.

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