Director, actor, and all around comic book fan Kevin Smith was hospitalized overnight following a massive heart attack.
He appears to be recovering as he took to Twitter to break the news himself.
“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”). 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!”
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”). 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! pic.twitter.com/M5gSnW9E5h
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 26, 2018
Smith also added on Facebook:
“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“
Kevin Smith was doing a number of stand-up comedy performances on Sunday night. He had already finished the first show and was due to perform again, but fortunately he canceled and sought medical assistance.
Smith is famous for his hilarious comedy movies including Clerks, Clerks II, and Dogma. He is also the Executive Producer for AMC’s Comic Book Men television show. The show takes place in Smith’s comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, where he discusses a variety of topics related to the comic book world.
Smith has also directed a number of episodes for The CW’s The Flash. He will also executive produce the upcoming Spawn spin-off television series, Sam and Twitch. Detective “Twitch” Williams will actually be the main focus in the upcoming Spawn film as he tracks down a number of grisly murders. Along with the television series there will also be an eight issue comic book miniseries that will roll out from Image Comics to tie-in to the Spawn film as well as jump-start the television project.
Along with all of these projects, Smith also owns the Smodcast Podcast Network where he hosts his own podcast, Fat Man on Batman.
Kevin Smith has a ton of projects and he’s a cultural icon in the comic book world. We hope he makes a full recovery and he’s back in action as soon as possible.