Film director Kevin Smith very nearly died last night. The man behind Clerks and Chasing Amy has revealed that last evening he had a massive heart attack, which has caused him to reflect on his life. In a social media post, Smith revealed the course of events that very likely saved his life and talked about the life he has lived up to this point.

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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Needless to say, having a massive heart attack at 47 is a shocking turn of events. It's far too young to be worrying about such things. Still, that's apparently exactly what was happening to the actor and director in between a pair of shows he was doing in Southern California last night. He reveals on Instagram that he didn't really know what was happening, simply that he wasn't feeling well. Luckily, a couple of friends called an ambulance, which, as it turns out, may have been the thing that allowed him to survive.

What follows is a fairly deep and personal reflection of somebody who has lived an interesting life. Kevin Smith reveals that he had previously always feared death and that he had always assumed the end of his life would not be a pleasant experience. However, it turns out that wasn't the case. Throughout all the twists and turns that life provided, Smith is happy with the life that he has lived, which is not to say he ready for it to end quite yet.

Kevin Smith came to prominence in 1994 following the release of indie comedy Clerks, which followed a pair behind-the-counter store workers during a single day of their lives. That success led to several more films, like Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma, each one anchored by a pair of recurring characters, Jay and Silent Bob, of which Smith himself played the latter. The films varied in quality, but the collection of movies grew a cult following and made Smith a pretty popular personality. He's something of a geek icon now.

Since then, Smith has continued to direct films as well as television, but he's been mostly seen on the podcast circuit, with his own popular show Fatman on Batman, as well as performing live shows, like the ones he was doing before the heart attack.

As Kevin Smith remarks, going forward the man will probably be making some changes to his life, but if he can post long personal reflections to Instagram shortly after having a heart attack, it appears he's in pretty good shape all things considered. The world would be a poorer place without Kevin Smith and so it's good to know he'll be ok. We here at CinemaBlend wish him a speedy recovery.

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