"I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground!"
Kevin Smith has confirmed that he suffered a ‘massive’ heart attack last night.
The Clerks director, 47, confirmed the health scare on Twitter – sharing a selfie from his hospital bed.
“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack”, he wrote.
“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!”
The star was reportedly filming an episode of his reality TV show Comic Book Men when he fell ill.
Smith first shot to fame in the early 1990s as the director of Clerks, in which he starred as Silent Bob.
He later reprised the character for films including Mallrats, Dogma, and the 2001 spin-off Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back.
Speaking to NME in 2016, Smith also explained how Prince commissioned him to make a profile documentary in 2002, before the project was ultimately shelved.
“The footage that we shot that week was never cut into a documentary as far as I know. It’s just raw footage. I think it’s in the vault. It would be amazing if they release it. I don’t even think they need to cut it into a documentary”, he said.
“If they just released the raw footage you would get to see the calmest, coolest, funnest, most relaxed Prince you’ve ever seen in your life. Like, he kind of dropped the presentation of Prince and just hung out those days with fans in front of cameras as Prince Rogers Nelson. He was warm and wonderful and funny.”