Clerks star Kevin Smith recently revealed he suffered a massive heart attack despite losing 85 pounds over the last few years. The 47-year-old comic took to Instagram to update his fans on his health scare.
"I was trying to do a killer standup special this evening but I might’ve gone too far. After the first show, I felt kinda nauseous. I threw up a little but it didn’t seem to help. Then I started sweating buckets and my chest felt heavy. Turns out I had a massive heart attack," he wrote alongside a hospital selfie. "The doctor who saved my life at the #glendale hospital told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (also known as 'the Widow-Maker' because when it goes, you’re a goner)."
He went on to explain that if he didn't cancel his second show he would've have died just like his dad, who died of a heart attack. However, he is remaining optimistic. "As I stared into the infinite, I realized I was relatively content. Yes, I’d miss life as it moved on without me - and I was bummed we weren’t gonna get to make #jayandsilentbobreboot before I shuffled loose the mortal coil," he continued. "But generally speaking, I was okay with the end, if this was gonna be it. I’ve gotten to do so many cool things and I’ve had so many adventures - how could I be shitty about finally paying the tab."
Kevin's heart attack does come as surprise, especially after the veteran actor took control of his health in 2010 and dropped 85 pounds. Kevin decided to drop the weight after being kicked off a flight due to his size. “I feel mixed feelings about losing the weight,” he said in the past. “I sympathize far more with heavier people than I ever will with thin I’ll never be thin."
Kevin in 2008 vs. 2017. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
He also credited the 2014 documentary Fed Up as another source of inspiration. “Awesome documentary, an anti-sugar documentary that completely changed my perception,” he told Men's Health. "So then I watch this documentary last year, and I was, like, ‘Oh, man, um, I really don’t wanna die’ – and I’m already 44 years old." Get well soon, Kevin!