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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A local tech entrepreneur died this week just a few days after a device he created predicted he would have a major asthma attack.

Now the man's family and business partners want to keep the startup health company going to save others from deadly asthma attacks.

Chris Stiffler spent his entire life suffering from asthma attacks. He created a device called Wheezy to predict when one would hit. He didn't know then that the device would be so accurate, predicting his own massive asthma attack.

When Chris Stiffler was in the hospital this past January he got an idea for Wheezy, a device to predict asthma attacks.

"He started writing the code and building it from the hospital bed, 18 days later we had a full working prototype," said Scott Shrake.

It's a device that plugs into your phone. It tracks your breathing and can predict when you're likely to have an asthma attack.

"He always had ideas running in his mind, he said you know this will work," said Stiffler's wife, Sandy Stiffler.

And it did work, but not in the way they hoped. Chris tested the product every day, it predicted he would have an asthma attack on his birthday.

"It had predicted that Chris would be at high risk a few days after his birthday, which is 3-4 days before he passed, it's validation you really don't want to have, but validation notheless," said Shrake.

His wife said they prepared for an asthma attack, but they never imagined it would be a big one.

"We never expected it would be that bad, we never expected it would be that fast," said Sandy Stiffler.

The 35 year-old left behind his wife and two small children. Now his family and business partners are hoping to keep his dream alive even after his death.

"He smiled at everything, you could tell he loved what he was doing, so this was his lifes work, he wanted to make it, so other people didn't have to live like he had to live," said Shrake.

"I want my husband to be the last person to die from this type of disease," said Stiffler.

To help donate to the project visit http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/in-memory-of-chris-stiffler/189221?fb_action_ids=10153420263623647&fb_action_types=og.likes

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