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Teen’s Silent YouTube Goodbye Goes Viral After Death [VIDEO]
Have you seen the story of Ben Breedlove?
Breedlove, 18, uploaded two videos onto YouTube documenting his unique story–––a lifelong battle with a heart disease. The teenager’s videos, where he talks about the three times he’s cheated death, were without his own voice; instead, he used a series of notecards to tell his story (a phenomenon that has continued on YouTube on other videos). In fact, the only audio comes from an instrumental version of Gary Jules’ Mad World, featuring surprisingly applicable lyrics:
And I find it kinda funny
I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
In his near-death experiences, Breedlove describes a bright white light and a feeling of peace. Even more vividly, he describes a scene in which his favorite rapper, Kid Cudi appears. He envisioned himself and the rapper wearing suits in a white room, while Cudi quotes the words of his song “Mr. Rager,” saying:
“When will the fantasy end? When will the heaven begin?”
In reaction, Cudi said the following in his blog:
“This has really touched my heart in a way I cant describe, this is why I do what I do. … Thank you for loving me. To Ben’s family, you raised a real hero, he’s definately mine. You have my love.”
He died on Christmas Day following that long battle with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, just one week after uploading onto YouTube. Since then, his videos have gone viral, amassing over 4.5 million views. Check out the videos below.
Part one of his story:
(And the second part:)
I am grateful for Ben Breedlove. Sometimes, we’re lucky enough to have a platform that we can use to get people thinking critically. Other times (and in Ben’s case), it has to be created. Ben was able to shine a light on a subject many people immediately refute as false (Heaven/the afterlife). There is no doubt in my mind that God is telling him now, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
About Jayson SchmidtFounder of the Quarterlife movement. Building an empire for the glory of God and living my dream to make the name of Jesus famous. Get at me on Twitter (@JaysonSchmidt).
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