Kevin Smith announced to all of his followers on social media this morning, that he just got out of surgery after suffering a severe heart attack! Smith had just finished his first show when he started to feel nauseous and was taken to the hospital. It was there he discovered that he had a 100% blockage in the “Widow Maker” artery and had to go into surgery to have a stint installed.
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. 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. 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. 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. But the good folks at the Glendale hospital had other plans and the expertise to mend me. Total strangers saved my life tonight (as well as my friends @jordanmonsanto & @iamemilydawn, who called the ambulance). 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. #KevinSmith
Smith, who is just 47, is known for some of geek culture’s greatest films like Clerks and Mallrats. Smith states that he is doing well in recovery and says he needs to make some changes to his life. Friends and fans all over the web are sending their love to the filmmaker. I even sent my message to the man himself.
@thatkevinsmith, this world is not done with you yet! I am so glad you are okay and I wish you a speedy recovery! I’ll make a deal with you, since you are changing your lifestyle, so will I. We need to be around for all the future #marvelcinematicuniverse and #StarWars films that are coming. . . . #Kevinsmith #Clerks #MallRats #ChasingAmy #JayandSilentBob #FatmanonBatman #TheFlash #SuperGirl
Here are some other posts from friends and fans alike on social media.
Everyone at DC is cheering for you @ThatKevinSmith and we hope you recover in a Flash.
— DC (@DCComics) February 26, 2018
— ImaginativeHobbyist (@TheImgHobbyist) February 26, 2018
Kevin, that was quite a scare! Wishing you a speedy recovery, pal. (Next time, maybe leave the comedy to me!) https://t.co/jn0eiQYSo3
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) February 26, 2018
Thoughts and prayers are with Kevin Smith after he has suffered a massive heart attack. Such a great, kind creative Force and the Ultimate Geek. pic.twitter.com/0fNywmu4ll
— Ziggy (@mrjafri) February 26, 2018
Beyond relieved to see this bearded face this morning. Kevin went from doing The Flash to direct The Goldbergs finale tomorrow while filming a standup special. Your super fans like me demand you recover fast and get back to doing what you do best. We adore you @ThatKevinSmith https://t.co/5lmrAWKgSv
— Adam F. Goldberg (@adamfgoldberg) February 26, 2018
Even Mark Hamill, the Jedi Master Himself, gave Kevin Smith some love…
Sending loads of love to our pal @ThatKevinSmith from all of us in the Hamill family for a speedy recovery… Get well soon Kev, the world needs so much more of what you have to give!!!
xoxo, C-K pic.twitter.com/x7kNxwD8sL
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 26, 2018
We here at the Temple of Geek wish Kevin Smith a speedy recovery. We are so grateful that you are still with us Kevin!