On Christmas Day, Ben Breedlove - a teenager in Austin who who suffered for years from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - passed away, but not before he recorded a pair of moving YouTube videos.
In the messages, Breedlove tells his life story, including multiple brushes with death, the final one taking place when he passed out in his high school hallway, leading to a peaceful vision that included a white room, a white suit and a visit from his favorite rapper, Kid Cudi.
"I then looked at myself in the mirror," Breedlove writes on a notecard in the video. "I was proud of MYSELF, of my entire life, everything I have done."
Ben's mother says the videos were a "gift" to the family, while Kid Cudi has chimed in on his blog, writing:
"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... I know Ben is at Peace. To Ben's family, you raised a real hero, he's definitely mine."