Filmmaker Kevin Smith has revealed on Twitter that he had a massive heart attack after a stand-up show in Glendale last night.
Smith was scheduled to do two “Kevin Smith Live!” performances, but after feeling ill after the first set the 47-year-old cancelled the second and went to the hospital. It’s a good thing he did as he says:
“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 rose to fame in the 1990s with a number if movies like “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”. He currently hosts and produces AMC’s “Comic Book Men,” a reality series set at his comics shop.
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
In the wake of the news, “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt sent out two tweets saying he believes in the “healing power of prayer” and would pray for the filmmaker. A noted Christian, Pratt then came under fire when Twitter users began to slam him for it with messages like “doctors and nurses save lives not prayer.” Filmmaker James Gunn has since taken to Twitter to defend his friend saying:
“There is nothing wrong with sending someone positive thoughts & prayers. But when this is coupled with inaction when action will benefit the situation, it’s empty. If you’re offering Parkland shooting survivors prayers, but are unwilling to deal with the problems of gun violence in this country in a practical way, those prayers are empty. But no one expects Chris Pratt to shoulder doctors out of the way and perform heart surgery on Kevin Smith. Nor does Kevin need Chris to pay his medical bills. So I think his prayers are appreciated, and about all he can do.”
Smith’s most recently released film was 2016’s “Yoga Hosiers” and he most recently directed an episode of The CW’s “The Flash” to air late next month.