Clerks, Flash, Supergirl Director Kevin Smith Is Recovering From Massive Heart Attack

"For now, I’m still above ground! "

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Kevin Smith, the director best known for cult comedies Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, has suffered a "massive" heart attack. Smith tweeted the news from his hospital bed early this morning, February 26, and revealed that he came very close to death.

Smith had been performing one of his popular stand-up shows in Glendale, California, and suffered the heart attack after coming off stage. He was due to perform a second set that night, but was instead rushed to hospital. Check his tweet out below:

Smith made his breakthrough with the 1994 comedy classic Clerks, which is seen as one of the key movies in the American independent film movement of the '90s. Many of his subsequent movies, such as Mallrats, Dogma, and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, were part of the same connected universe, and more recently he moved into horror territory, with films such as Red State and Tusk.

He also has directed numerous episodes of DC shows Supergirl and The Flash, and is a prolific podcaster, comedian, and TV host. Since 2012 he has presented AMC's reality show Comic Book Men, which is filmed at Smith's New Jersey comic store Secret Stash.

Smith was also in the news recently following the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. Weinstein financed many of Smith's earlier movies, and as a result of the multiple accusations of harassment and abuse against the producer, Smith announced that he would donate all future residuals from those films to the non-profit organization Women in Film.

Smith also was credited by Thor star Chris Hemsworth for helping change the direction of Thor: Ragnarok, after he heard Smith bashing previous instalments on a podcast. "Hearing someone like Smith, who represents the fanboy world, was such a kick in the ass to change gears," he said. "We sort of had nothing to lose. People didn't expect what we did with it this time around."

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I heard about this yesterday, and went from shock to sadness that he could have been gone.

I hope that he gets well. That's all you can really say... :(

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Glad he's still above ground! He always seems like a good guy! Get well Mr Smith!

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Really glad he's ok. I hope he takes better care of himself for not only his own sake, but for his family too.

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Glad he didn't die, always has seemed like a nice guy. Hopefully this encourages him to finally take better care of himself.

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I love this man, he has been an inspiration to be me... to be a nerd and say f*** you to anyone who talks s***. At the same time, we as nerds need to take better care of ourselves, especially us older guys. I hope he recovers and can help those to change their ways.

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silent bob can't die.

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@terudu: Kevin Smith would approve of this message.

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I like him, he seems like a real good guy. Hope he recovers nicely.

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Not to be callous, but you could just look at the guy and see it was coming. And he must have known too, you don't treat your body like a dumpster for that long and expect to not have consequences.

That being said, I really hope he pulls through and makes the changes he needs to. I've been a big fan for a long time and would miss his brand of wit/comedy.

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@aross2004: he actually has lost a considerable amount of weight recently. He was definitely aware of his unhealthiness and was making changes to improve his well being. But it goes to show that health isn't something you can fix over night. Like you said you can't treat your body like a dumpster for years/majority of your life and expect to have no health issues just because you start living a healthier lifestyle.

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@scottyp360: Glad that he was already on the path then, here's hoping that the damage isn't irreparable at this point. I did notice in the pic he posted that he looked thinner, but that isn't always a good indication that someone is healthy just because they lost weight.

Speedy recovery wishes to Silent Bob!!!

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Glad to know he's holding up. Hope he recovers soon.

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get well Kevin we love you its too soon

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Just woke up and thought for a moment the lovable doofus went and died because (and he has admitted this many times for many years) he can't take proper care of himself.

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Wow. That is one lucky dude. That is not a blockage you want. Hope he gets well soon.

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Wowza, prayers for a speedy recovery!

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My sympathies but hopefully the guy will start to work out or sort out his diet his life style has unfortunately led to this happening.

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@gamingdevil800: even those who live healthy life aren't 100% protected from deep injuries or any disease.

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@infiniin: True, but treating your body like an amusement park ride for decades isn't going to help. You're missing the point. Of course life is random, but increasing your odds couldn't hurt.

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@gamingdevil800: Sometimes some sort of disaster is the kick in the pants people need. I've been there myself. These things, if they don't kill you, can certainly be blessings in disguise.

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@olddadgamer: Very true. I got into a major vehicle accident last April. Among other things, I broke my pelvis and lower vertebrae in four places. Eight weeks in a wheelchair, two 12" screws, and many hours of physical therapy later, I was finally able to walk again. But it still hurts quite a bit.

I've come to accept that I WILL have pain in my hip for the rest of my life. And the longer I carry around this beer gut, the worse it's going to get. If I don't do something now, I'm going to be basically crippled with arthritis by the time I get into my 50's or 60's. So I've been hitting the gym pretty hard, cut out all the soda and fast food and have just been living a healthier life. In just over a month, I've lost about 11 lbs, while packing on quite a bit of lean muscle at the same time. I'm wearing clothes that haven't fit in years and I'm on the verge of having to buy a new belt. As a side benefit, I've also noticed increased energy and a major spike in my libido. ;)

If I'd gotten to choose, I certainly would have opted to not have the accident. But there's no question that my future looks better today than it would have if I'd made it home safe that day.

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@jcharp: Dang, man. Congrats on getting through it, and even more congrats on keeping positive. Good luck to you!

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@olddadgamer: Get the feeling, almost had one last year, now it's diets, exercises and pressure medication.

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@Sohereiam: Yeah. Mine wasn't my heart, thankfully, but did the whole lifestyle change. Good news is you do end up feeling better, and it's one of those deals where you don't realize how bad you felt until you don't feel bad. I've been all healthy now ten years, and I have no desire to go back to my old ways.

Good luck going down this road, dude. It's not a bad road at all.

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