"Clerks" filmmaker Kevin Smith says he survived a massive heart attack between sets at a comedy show in California on Sunday evening, and that the near-death experience filled him with a "sense of calm" about his "weird, wonderful" life.
The 47-year-old half of the comic movie duo "Jay and Silent Bob" appears to have kept his sense of humor, writing on Instagram, "I was trying to do a killer stand-up special this evening but I might've gone to far." wrote in an Instagram post, "I was trying to do a killer standup special this evening but I might've gone too far."
He said friends immediately called an ambulance and he was rushed to a hospital, where doctors cut into his groin to insert a stent into his blocked left anterior descending artery.
"The doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery ( "the Widow-Maker”). If I hadn't canceled the second show to go to the hospital, the Doc said I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I'm still above ground!" Smith wrote in wrote on his post.
"This is what I learned about myself during this crisis: death was always the thing I was most terrified of in life," wrote Smith, whose father, Donald, died from a massive heart attack in 2003 at the age of 67.
"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," Smith wrote. "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."
Smith said he'll have to consider some lifestyle changed, writing, "Maybe it's time to go Vegan."
"But the point of this post is to tell you I faced my greatest fear tonight … and it wasn't as bad as I've always imagined it'd be," he wrote.
In addition to "Clerks" and "Jay and Silent Bob" — Smith wrote and directed "Chasing Amy" and "Mallrats," and owns a comic book store featured in the reality television show "Comic Book Men."