Kevin Smith has taken to social media to confirm he suffered a massive heart attack, but survived the ordeal and is now recovering in hospital.
The 47-year-old reportedly fell ill while filming an episode of his reality TV series Comic Book Men. He was taken to hospital and is now recovering from the incident.
Smith confirmed the health scare with a tweet and selfie taken from the comfort of his 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!”
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
Fans were quick to offer messages of support to Smith, wishing the comic book enthusiast a speedy recovery from the incident.
However, the incident is likely to have left the writer and filmmaker shaken – as anyone would be in those circumstances.
Hey 2018, let’s go ahead and leave Kevin Smith alone. Yeah let’s do that
— Sob Van Dam (@ShizukaSam) February 26, 2018
I met Kevin Smith at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2016.
I asked him "I'm an aspiring filmmaker, so do you have any advice?".
And he said "Don't aspire, man. Just do".
And that's what I've been doing since. He's an absolute legend and hope he gets better soon.
— Sam J Thomson (@samjamesthomson) February 26, 2018
A massive heart attack at 47. Thank Buddy Christ he's still above ground. Get well soon, Kevin Smith, you magnificent nerd. https://t.co/k4zoEt88BW
— Marshall Julius (@MarshallJulius) February 26, 2018
A spell of recovery, away from the limelight, could be in order though Smith has established reputation as something of a workaholic with multiple film, comic book and TV projects on the go.
Smith first shot to fame back in the early 1990s, as the writer and director of slacker indie comedy Clerks, in which he also appeared as Silent Bob.
He’s since reprised the role in a string of sequels and spin-offs including Mallrats, Dogma, and the 2001 spin-off Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back.
Smith’s other credits include Chasing Amy, Cop Out, Red State and Tusk. He’s also written for comics, with credits on Batman, Daredevil and Spider-Man.
An avid vlogger and podcaster, he is also married to Jennifer Schwalbach Smith and has one daughter, Harley Quinn Smith. Get well soon, Kevin.
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