Kevin Smith revealed he had suffered a "massive" heart attack this past Sunday.
The 47-year-old filmmaker, who's best known for the 1994 cult classic Clerks, announced on Twitter he was hospitalized just before he was set to perform his second show at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California for his comedy special, "Kevin Smith Live!"
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
"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!" Smith wrote.
As soon as Smith's health scare broke out, his fellow celebrities took to social media to send their well wishes.
Praying for you. I will continue to. You inspired me with Clerks when I was a senior HS. I’m tagging my Lb/rb football coach who showed me the movie cause he believed in me and knew I’d be inspired. @hodge1916 🙏♥️🙏 https://t.co/syB7BiQaoY— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) February 26, 2018
Hey @ThatKevinSmith just sending you some love. Speedy recovery my man.— Jack Osbourne (@JackOsbourne) February 26, 2018
However, it wouldn't be long until the funnyman would discuss what his life-threatening experience has showed him.
An hour after his initial Twitter post, Smith went on Facebook to share a more in depth explanation of his frightening experience.
"I was trying to do a killer standup [sic] 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," Smith wrote, before reaffirming he had a 100% blockage in his LAD artery.
"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. 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."
"This is all a part of my mythology now and I’m sure I’ll be facing some lifestyle changes (maybe it’s time to go Vegan). 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."
Additionally, Smith said he's only alive today thanks to his two friends who immediately called for an ambulance and the medical staff's expertise at the Glendale Memorial Hospital.
We're wishing Smith a quick recovery and a return of good health!