Filmmaker Kevin Smith Recovers From ‘Massive Heart Attack’

Filmmaker Kevin Smith Recovers From ‘Massive Heart Attack’

Clerks writer/director, Kevin Smith, suffers a massive heart attack midway through filming a stand-up special. 

Fans and celebrities have been sending well wishes to Kevin Smith in the wake of a near fatal heart attack. Smith broke the news from his hospital bed yesterday with a humble yet inspirational post on his social media accounts.

The 47 year old filmmaker made a name for himself when his black and white indie film ‘Clerks’ blew up in 1994. Smith went on to write and direct numerous other films with his characters Jay and Silent Bob becoming a central focus. In fact Smith is in the process of finding funding for a new film titled ‘Jay & Silent Bob Reboot’.

For over twenty years the charismatic speaker has built a fiercely loyal fanbase through his numerous popular podcasts, live Q&A’s and Hall H speeches at San Diego Comic-Con.

Most recently Smith has found a niche directing episodes of CW shows ‘The Flash’ and ‘Supergirl’ as well as the finale of ‘The Goldberg’s’ fourth season.

Smith’s heart attack came midway through filming a stand-up special. With two performances scheduled on the same day Smith became unwell after the first stating that he “felt kinda nauseous”, couldn’t stop sweating and complained that his chest felt heavy. Members of his management team reacted quickly to call an ambulance which took Smith to the Glendale Hospital in California. Once there Doctors were able to work swiftly to save Smith’s life and a stent was placed into his left anterior descending artery (LAD artery).

In a typically long post Smith made public his thanks with a (literally) heartfelt statement that thanked those that saved him and references his father who died from a similar condition.

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

Fans have taken to social media to send their love and well wishes to Kevin Smith as he recovers. It seems some of Smith’s fans are superstars in their own right – as this tweet from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ star Chris Pratt proves.

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As long-time fans of Kevin’s work throughout more than twenty years, we send best wishes and hope for a speedy recovery.

Will Harrison

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