Kevin Smith, star of Jay and Silent Bob, has a lot to be grateful for. The indie film director shared a tweet earlier this week following a show he performed. He is pictured in bed with a hospital gown, sharing the news that he survived a massive heart attack—otherwise known as a “widow maker.” It turns out that he had 100 percent blockage of the left anterior descending artery, which supplies blood to the front left side of the heart.
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
Smith has been overweight for years, and has been shedding the pounds since he was kicked off a flight in 2010 when he couldn’t fit into the seat. In 2015, he tweeted side-by-side pictures of himself, showcasing his 85-pound weight loss.
Left: me & my kid in 2008. Right: 2 weeks ago, 85 pounds later. I shan't wear pants and will never abort the shorts. pic.twitter.com/hNY6IVEXXp
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 27, 2015
The beloved actor/director got a lot of love on Twitter from supportive friends and fans who were happy that he survived the health scare.
Superstar Chris Pratt encouraged everyone to pray for Smith:
Kevin we don’t know each other too good but I have loved you since Clerks and I’m praying my ass off for you cause I believe in the healing power of prayer. Can you please pray with me people!? 🙏♥️ https://t.co/syB7BiQaoY
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) February 26, 2018
Even The Rock had well wishes for him:
Stay strong man. Let’s get u better. Grateful to read this tweet 🙏🏾👊🏾
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 26, 2018
Smith came on the scene in 1994 with his breakout black and white indie drama, Clerks. He had to max out credit cards to see that the film was made. The final budget was nearly $28,000 and it ended up grossing around $3 million in theaters.