Filmmaker and stand up comic Kevin Smith almost died this weekend after suffering a nearly-fatal heart attack.
Smith, who is known for Jay and Silent Bob, Dogma, Chasing Amy, and Clerks, broke the news on Twitter this morning. He admits that had he not taken himself to the doctor when he fell ill after his first show, he would have died. He went on to explain what his doctor told him:
“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.”
Thankfully, because Smith took his health seriously, we’ll continue to enjoy his comedic wit. It seems like he’s relieved he got another shot at life, too, and plans to take every day he spends above ground as a gift.
If you’re unsure what a “widowmaker” is (which also affects women,) it’s a block that starves the heart of oxygen which causes the muscle to beat erratically, which could lead to a heart attack. (If you need another example: SPOILER! That’s how Jack died on “This Is Us.“)
Here’s his FB post which fully details what happened. Warning NSFW!
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