Kevin Smith just had quite the health scare.
Early on Monday morning, the celebrated filmmaker took to Facebook to reveal that he suffered a “massive heart attack” while performing standup on Sunday evening. So scary.
From the hospital, the Clerks director shared:
“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.”
Thankfully, Smith didn’t try to complete his second scheduled show and headed to the hospital to see what was wrong. Upon his arrival at the medical center, the 47-year-old industry vet learned he had a “100% blockage” of his “LAD artery.” In short: Kevin could’ve died if this wasn’t taken care of.
“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.”
Intense stuff. Surprisingly, Kevin has claimed that he felt “a sense of calm” during the whole ordeal. The movie maker added:
“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.”
Wow. Talk about having your life flash before your eyes!!
Nonetheless, “the good folks at the Glendale hospital had other plans and the expertise to mend [him].” Thus, we’re happy to report that Kevin is recovering (and considering becoming a vegan).
Be sure to take a look at his introspective social media post for yourself (below)!
We’re wishing Kevin the speediest of recoveries.
[Image via Facebook.]