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Shia LaBeouf Isn’t Dead, and You Can Listen to His Heartbeat to Prove It

Shia’s really committed to art. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty

You can always count on Shia LaBeouf for some avant-garde, artsy weirdness. What’s he up to now, you ask? Oh, you know, just letting fans worldwide listen to a livestream of his beating heart. Literally. He’s reunited with Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner (the same people behind his #IAMSORRY campaign, during which he wore a bag over his head) and Dazed for even more performance art at this year’s SXSW. Called “Follow My Heart,” it’s LaBeouf’s experimental way of coping with panic attacks. “Every time my heart rate goes up, I’ll stop, breathe, and focus on getting my heart rate lower numerically. I’ve had panic attacks throughout most of my life, whether it’s at work or whether I’ve been drinking heavy. I haven’t had that for a while, and this is a constant reminder to stay at a constant numerical place to find peace,” he explained at a panel. So while Shia’s hooked up to a heart monitor for six days, you can check in and make sure he’s not in cardiac arrest, or something. (It’s strangely mesmerizing once you tune in.)

Listen to Shia LaBeouf’s Mesmerizing Heartbeat