Famed writer and director Kevin Smith is resting after revealing that he suffered a ‘massive’ heart attack on Sunday…
Writer and director Kevin Smith is resting in a California hospital after revealing that he suffered a ‘massive’ heart attack ahead of a comedy show he was performing on Sunday night.
Smith was shooting a pair of stand up specials in Glendale, California when he began experiencing nausea as well as a heavy feeling in his chest and he was immediately rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
According to Smith, he had complete blockage of one of his arteries and if not for the quick action of his doctors, he may have died from the heart attack.
“I was trying to do a killer standup special this evening but I might’ve gone too far,” Smith wrote on Instagram. “After the first show, I felt kinda nauseous. I threw up a little but it didn’t seem to help. Then I started sweating buckets and my chest felt heavy. Turns out I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life at the Glendale hospital told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (also known as “the Widow-Maker” because when it goes, you’re a goner).
“If I hadn’t canceled the second show to go to the hospital, the doc said I would’ve died tonight. For now, I’m still above ground!”
I was trying to do a killer standup special this evening but I might’ve gone too far. After the first show, I felt kinda nauseous. I threw up a little but it didn’t seem to help. Then I started sweating buckets and my chest felt heavy. Turns out I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life at the #glendale hospital told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (also known as “the Widow-Maker” because when it goes, you’re a goner). If I hadn’t canceled the second show to go to the hospital, the Doc said I would’ve died tonight. For now, I’m still above ground! But this is what I learned about myself during this crisis: death was always the thing I was most terrified of in life. When the time came, I never imagined I’d ever be able to die with dignity – I assumed I’d die screaming, like my Dad (who lost his life to a massive heart attack). But even as they cut into my groin to slip a stent into the lethal Widow-Maker, I was filled with a sense of calm. I’ve had a great life: loved by parents who raised me to become the individual I am. I’ve had a weird, wonderful career in all sorts of media, amazing friends, the best wife in the world and an incredible daughter who made me a Dad. But as I stared into the infinite, I realized I was relatively content. Yes, I’d miss life as it moved on without me – and I was bummed we weren’t gonna get to make #jayandsilentbobreboot before I shuffled loose the mortal coil. But generally speaking, I was okay with the end, if this was gonna be it. I’ve gotten to do so many cool things and I’ve had so many adventures – how could I be shitty about finally paying the tab. But the good folks at the Glendale hospital had other plans and the expertise to mend me. Total strangers saved my life tonight (as well as my friends @jordanmonsanto & @iamemilydawn, who called the ambulance). This is all a part of my mythology now and I’m sure I’ll be facing some lifestyle changes (maybe it’s time to go Vegan). But the point of this post is to tell you that I faced my greatest fear tonight… and it wasn’t as bad as I’ve always imagined it’d be. I don’t want my life to end but if it ends, I can’t complain. It was such a gift. #KevinSmith
It hit close to home for Smith, who lost his father to a heart attack as well several years ago.
The good news is Smith is now resting and in recovery following the scary incident and he’s received an out pouring of support from friends, family and colleagues sending him best wishes.
Praying for you. I will continue to. You inspired me with Clerks when I was a senior HS. I’m tagging my Lb/rb football coach who showed me the movie cause he believed in me and knew I’d be inspired. @hodge1916 ????♥️???? https://t.co/syB7BiQaoY
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) February 26, 2018
Holy shit. @ThatKevinSmith seems to be okay but he almost wasn't. Kev is a wonderful force of good and humor in this world and I'm proud to be his friend. We are lucky we didn't lose him so PLEASE send him HUGS!!! https://t.co/TLYz1mrsh1
— ʞɔiwbɿɒH ꙅiɿʜƆ (@hardwick) February 26, 2018
so sorry and are whole family in our house and at the shows is sending you love and healing energy.
— Greg Berlanti (@GBerlanti) February 26, 2018
Get better, buddy. So grateful you’re alive or this would be a dark morning indeed! Thoughts, prayers, and kale! ❤️ https://t.co/rXbZYGcItV
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 26, 2018
— Michael Rosenbaum (@michaelrosenbum) February 26, 2018