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Famed Director Kevin Smith Suffers 'Massive Heart Attack'

Famed film director Kevin Smith has suffered a massive heart attack. He broke the news to fans on Instagram, where he revealed he was lucky to be alive.

The Clerks director posted a picture of himself in the hospital, with tubes hooked up to him. Smith explained to fans how he had a heart attack during one of his shows on Sunday night. He was scheduled to perform a pair of stand-up comedy shows at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. If he had not canceled the second show he was to perform, he would have died.

“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!” he began the post to his fans.

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

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Smith went on to thank all the good strangers who saved his life. He also discussed what the road ahead would be for him, beginning with some lifestyle changes. It was definitely a wake-up call for the famous director.

A LAD refers to the left anterior descending artery. It runs down the runs down the front of the heart and supplies blood to the front left side of the organ. When that artery gets blocked it is generally a death sentence, however, Smith is very fortunate he went to the hospital when he did.

Social media exploded with well-wishes for the Comic Book Men star. Hollywood’s biggest stars including Chris Pratt, Chris Hardwick, and Rahul Kohli are just a few who expressed their concern for Smith.

Director Kevin Smith suffered a massive heart attack the other night. Thankfully, he will be alright but he has a long road ahead of him in terms of recovery.

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