Article Oct 23, 2016

You are no longer passing

Adam Levine praises heart surgery patient's cover of Maroon 5 hit

Adam Levine was lost for words after discovering a video of a young heart surgery patient singing the Maroon 5 hit She Will Be Loved.

The frontman took to Twitter on Saturday (22Oct16) to share his delight at the clip of 16-year-old Will Hunt from Chattanooga, Tennessee, who decided to sing the band's 2002 hit while awaiting surgery at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

In the video, which has gone viral after Will's brother Mac shared the clip on YouTube and Twitter, the prep school sophomore student performs while his father accompanies him on guitar.

The 16-year-old was recently diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, and will eventually require a heart transplant.

Adam discovered the track on Saturday, and shared the clip with his 6.9 million Twitter followers.

"It's hard to express with words what it feels like to know you've helped someone in this way," the 37-year-old new dad wrote. "So instead, I'll just share. Nice job kid."

Entertainment Tonight caught up with Will on Saturday, and the 16-year-old was in shock following recognition from the Maroon 5 frontman.

"The surgery went well, but I'm still in pain," he said. "But seeing that video made my whole life! Adam Levine has been my favorite singer ever since I can remember. I sang that same song for my sixth grade talent show."

And if he was ever given the chance to meet his idol, Will said, "I think I would cry first, and then freak out. I would just tell him how much everything about his music has helped me."

Will later retweeted Adam's sweet message on Twitter, writing, "I can't breathe, oh my god. Thank you so much, I am your number 1 fan. This is CRAZY (sic)."