Kevin Smith Hospitalized After Suffering Near Fatal Heart Attack
Kevin Smith was hospitalized overnight after experiencing a near fatal heart attack at a stand-up show. The Jay and Silent Bob star posted on Facebook early this morning that after his first show, he felt kind of nauseous, threw up, started sweating and his chest felt heavy so he went to the hospital instead of going on with the second show. He continued that had he not stopped and gone to the hospital when he did, he may not have lived to tell us about his experience.
Smith, 47, went into great detail about what he went through and how he felt in an open statement to his fans accompanied by a photo of him in the hospital. He stated that he had suffered from a 100% LAD arterial blockage, also known as “the Widow-Maker.” He mentions how death was always the one thing he feared the most in life and that he always assumed he would “die screaming,” like his father who also suffered from a massive heart attack.
The statement then turned emotional when he tells us that even if it was the end for him, he would be content with the life that he has lived. He added that he has had a “weird, wonderful” career, “amazing friends, the best wife in the world and an incredible daughter.” Here is the full statement by Smith:
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
Attached was a photo of him hooked up to medical equipment:
Smith is on the road to recovery and we here at Headlining Hollywood hope that it is a speedy one!
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