Kevin Smith had a major health scare Sunday evening after he suffered a massive heart attack, the filmmaker said on social media.
The 47-year-old Smith, who was set to perform two shows in Glendale, California, last night, took to Twitter early Monday morning to post a shot of himself on a hospital bed.
"After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack," he wrote. "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!"
Smith was scheduled to perform two shows at Glendale's Alex Theatre, one at 6 p.m. and another at 9, when he suffered a heart attack in between them.
The self-avowed fanboy, who helmed such cult classics as Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and who recently directed episodes of CW's The Flash and Supergirl, later took to Facebook to open up about his health scare, saying he was "trying to do a killer standup special this evening but I might’ve gone too far" before going into greater detail about the night's events.
He also reflected on its outcome, saying, "I was okay with the end, if this was gonna be it."
"But as I stared into the infinite, I realized I was relatively content," he wrote. "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."
He concluded: "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."
On Tuesday morning, Smith posted a Facebook Live video, in which he spoke openly to fans for nearly 20 minutes as he recounted the details of Sunday night, and thanked those who came to his aid.
He also gave a shout-out to Chris Pratt, who had sent his well-wishes to Smith but who took some heat from the Twitterverse after saying he was praying for the filmmaker.
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