Lesley Heard, 51, from Plymouth, said: #8220;We have messaged each other several times but I felt it was really important to tell him that I knew it was an accident, that he was under great pressure at the time and I didn#8217;t blame him.#8221;
A coroner in Plymouth has concluded he died accidentally.
The teenager was on a 14th storey window ledge at the University of Hawaii from which both men fell, leaving Mr Bennett dead and his friend seriously injured.
The pair are believed to have been attending a party when the incident happened in the early hours of 16 August.
Mr Bennett was born in the UK but was brought up in the US, in Philadelphia, where he lived for 14 years.
Coroner Ian Arrow called Mr Bennett a #8220;brave and noble#8221; man and recorded a verdict of accidental death.
His funeral was held in Plymouth, where his mother still lives.