Kevin Cordasco, a Breaking Bad fan from Calabasas, California passed away after a six-year battle with neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. Kevin found comfort in the show amid his painful surgeries and treatments. In September 2012, Kevin Cordasco’s family friend arranged a meeting with the star of his all time favorite television show: Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad.
His father, also named Kevin Cordasco, says:
“He and his friends watched it obsessively and ate pizza in his bedroom,”
“There was something about the Walter White character … the way he took control of his illness, and his life, that really resonated with Kevin.”
According to Cordasco’s own Reddit post, he was able to visit the show’s writers at the end of November where he discussed plot intricacies even got some of the prop meth used on the show.
Co-executive producer Melissa Bernstein told the Los Angeles Daily News that the dedication to Cordasco was series creator Vince Gilligan’s idea. Gilligan was “devastated” when Cordasco passed away in March and wanted to show how much respect he had for the teen.
“He thought that it would be a fitting tribute and hopefully, something that Kevin would get a real kick out of,” Bernstein told the Los Angeles Daily News.
Cordasco even had an effect on the way the series ended. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, questions he raised with the writers about certain characters ended up impacting the show’s final direction.