Kevin Smith fans are breathing a huge sigh of relief this morning, as the famed director, 47, announced that he recently suffered from a “massive” heart attack but is alive and recovering.
“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka ‘the Widow-Maker’),” he posted early Monday morning alongside a selfie taken in his hospital bed, where he’s surrounded by tubes and wearing a hospital gown instead of his signature hockey jersey. “If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground!”
The Comic Book Men star was scheduled to perform a pair of stand-up comedy shows at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Calif., Sunday night.
Fans of the Clerks director were quick to respond on social media.
“Kevin we don’t know each other too good but I have loved you since Clerks and I’m praying my ass off for you cause I believe in the healing power of prayer. Can you please pray with me people!?” wrote Chris Pratt. “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.”
Chris Hardwick, the host of Talking Dead, on which Smith is a frequent guest, wrote, “Holy s—. @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!!!”
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