Filmmaker Kevin Smith reveals he nearly died from a major heart attack
Kevin Smith was due to perform at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California on Sunday but he cancelled one of his shows a few hours prior to his performance.
Filmmaker Kevin Smith wouldn't have been alive if he didn't listen to his body. The 47-year-old filmmaker, who was scheduled to perform at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California on Sunday, cancelled one of his shows and went to the hospital instead.
He wrote in a moving Twitter post that he had a major heart attack after he performed his first stand up act, which took place at 6 pm. The director made an impromptu decision to cancel the second show, which was to take place at 9 pm that evening.
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 wrote on Twitter on Monday, "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!"
The 47-year-old actor/director wrote in a Facebook post that he felt nauseous after his first show. Within a span of few seconds, he reportedly began "sweating buckets and [my] chest felt heavy."
The filmmaker, who almost faced death in the face, said he was relatively content as he stared into the infinite. The Chasing Amy star said his life so far was spent well, with his daughter, amazing friends, the "best wife," and success in all forms of media. In the end, he added that he faced his biggest fear on Sunday night and "and it wasn’t as bad as I’ve always imagined it’d be."
However, Smith's revelation was shocking to many in Hollywood, who tweeted to the filmmaker and wished him a speedy recovery. Chris Pratt tweeted, "Kevin we don’t each other too good but I have loved you since Clerks and I’m praying my ass for you cause I believe in the healing power of prayer."
Woke to the news of Kevin Smith very nearly dying. You may not dig all or even any of his movies, but he's one of the coolest guys in the business and has certainly been one of the most inspirational over the years.— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) February 26, 2018
The kind of guy the world needs more of.
Never has my heart dropped and stomach lurked as it did when I heard about @ThatKevinSmith in hospital. Get better soon. You are a gift to this world and we aren't ready for you to go yet. #KevinSmith— Tori Muller (@VanillaLantern) February 26, 2018
TW/CW: weight loss— Kelly (@GlitterBroker) February 26, 2018
Kevin Smith lost ~100lbs over the past few years *to get healthy* and he still had a massive heart attack.
Losing weight does not automatically guarantee health.
It’s a terrible lie we subject people to on a constant basis.
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!? 🙏♥️ https://t.co/syB7BiQaoY— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) February 26, 2018
Jesus. We almost lost Kevin Smith.— Bob Chipman (@the_moviebob) February 26, 2018
Get well soon, prayers to the family. https://t.co/oGwgEexpg2
So Kevin Smith one of the few people who managed to be honest decent and actually restorative through this all nearly caught the widowmaker? Lord speedy recovery to my dude— Sydette (@Blackamazon) February 26, 2018
Not today, Satan. You don't get Kevin Smith! pic.twitter.com/RLsPp22m2S— Amanda wants coffee (@Awozzz) February 26, 2018
Keep Kevin Smith in your thoughts and Prayers. He suffered a massive heart attack. Let’s send him all the Positive Vibes in the multiverse!! pic.twitter.com/vvAAuNFRau— Flash & Arrow Verse (@FlarrowVerse) February 26, 2018
Oscar winner Patricia Arquette wrote, "Scary! Glad you're ok." Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard also wrote, "Yes, please stay a while longer. Glad you are still here, and still graceful."
Smith rose to fame with his film Clerks in 1994. The independent comedy film was written, co-produced and directed by him. The New Jersey native is known for his role as Silent Bob, which he reprised in Mallrats and Chasing Amy.
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