'I just couldn't catch my breath,' he said in a Facebook video

By Nick Romano
February 28, 2018 at 09:56 AM EST
Credit: Kevin Smith/Facebook

Kevin Smith, sitting in his bed at Glendale Adventist Hospital in California, gave fans an update on his condition over Facebook. The director shared a 19-minute video recounting the events surrounding his recent heart attack after performing one of two comedy shows for a new special.

At first, Smith said, he felt nauseous following the first two-hour show. He tried to lie down on the floor, but ended up puking up bile. “I was honestly under the impression that I had gotten some bad milk,” he said.

It wasn’t until Smith experienced shortness of breath that he had attendants call the hospital.

“I started feeling pressure on my chest, but not like, ‘There’s an elephant on my chest,’ I just couldn’t catch my breath,” he said. “Honestly, I was never really in pain, and even in the ER, they were like, ‘How much pain are you in [from] 1 to 10?’ I was like, ‘I’m not really in pain.’ I just couldn’t catch my breath. So because of that, and because I’m 47, I didn’t piece together heart attack — even when I was sitting going like, ‘My chest is heavy’ and stuff, and even though my father died at age 67 from a massive heart attack and even though my mother has heart problems and she has two stents in her arteries in her heart, I never in a million years thought it was heart attack.”

When he got to the emergency room, it turned into “all the sh— you see on Grey’s Anatomy.” As Smith explained, the doctors found his left anterior descending artery had been blocked, so they put in a stint and “bam, here I am. Dude literally saved my life.”

The Clerks and Yoga Hosers director also came to Chris Pratt’s defense, since the Guardians of the Galaxy star was dogged on Facebook for sympathy tweets to Smith.

“Poor Chris Pratt, one of my favorite actors on the planet, f—ing put up a nice tweet, where he’s just like, ‘Hey man, I don’t know you that much but I love Clerks and I’m praying for you,’ and apparently people were like, ‘F— your prayers’ and attacked him and sh—,” Smith said. “Number one, thanks to Chris Pratt. How sweet was that? Starlord praying for me. Number two, please don’t fight over stuff like that. It’s a waste of time. Whether you’re religious or not, someone saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ it’s good intentions.”

Watch Smith’s video above.