Filmmaker Kevin Smith Reveals He Suffered ‘Massive Heart Attack’

Kevin Smith Heart Attack

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith, best known as the creative force behind the Clerks movies and the creator of the popular Jay and Silent Bob characters, revealed on social media early Monday morning that he had suffered a “massive heart attack,” following a stand-up show in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Thankfully, he is alive and recovering.

Around 3 a.m. ET, Smith sent out a message on Twitter from the hospital. He later followed that up with a lengthier Instagram post explaining what had happened. In the latter, he also beautifully opened up about his life and his feelings potentially facing death in those moments.

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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

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The writer-director-comic had been in the midst of a two-show performance, Kevin Smith Live!, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale when he began feeling ill and opted to cancel the second show and go to the hospital.

“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack,” Smith tweeted. “The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka “the Widow-Maker”).”

Later, in the Instagram post, he wrote: “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.”

In addition to his film and comedy work, Smith is also the main force behind AMC’s Comic Book Men. He is also set to help shepherd a small screen version of his 1995 comedy Mallrats, as well as direct a sequel to his 2001 cult classic Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, appropriately titled Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot.

Domestically, Smith’s films have grossed more than $206 million.

Get well soon!

Filmmaker Kevin Smith Reveals He Suffered ‘Massive Heart Attack’