Dying online: A teen's final gift

Check this out. It's going viral on YouTube and Facebook and now, the mainstream media.

From the LA Times:

Ben Breedlove died on Christmas, leaving behind a wordless, two-part YouTube video message about chronic illness, death and the afterlife viewed more than 450,000 times as of Wednesday. Breedlove, 18, of Austin, Texas, suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle that worsened over time and eventually contributed to his death from a heart attack. 

See first part of video here. Second here.

Brave young man....

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