Cult film maker Kevin Smith has announced that he had suffered a “massive heart attack” after a stand-up show last night. The Clerks director and comedian had not long got off stage when he began to feel nauseous, eventually throwing up and broke into sweats and heavy chest pains. Thankfully Smith had friends around him as he was due to perform again afterwards but when alarm bells started going off for those around him they called an ambulance. Kevin was taken to Glendale Hospital and the doctor that saved his life told the comedian that he had a 100% blockage of of his LAD artery, also referred to as the “Widow-Maker” because of the commonality of not surviving such an attack.
Kevin Smith has been on quite a health journey the past few years when it comes to his weight and has looked considerably slimmer when compared to the days of his “too fat to fly” days, when he was infamously thrown off of a flight because of his weight. But it seems his weight has ‘yo-yo’d‘ a few times recently and his statement refers to having to make some lifestyle changes and questions the possibility of becoming Vegan. Kevin played Silent Bob in the infamous Mallrats, Chasing Amy & Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and other movies from the View Askewniverse universe which were created by the star and alluded to the fact he would have missed out on playing the character once again if his time would indeed be up.
Much of Kevin’s full statement via his Facebook page focussed on his fear of dying over the years and the peace he felt when his biggest fear was a very real possibility. The 47 year old said “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” and went on to thank those that saved his life and show appreciation for his loved ones.
We are thankful that Kevin’s tab wasn’t ready to be paid yet and wish him a speedy recovery.
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