Kevin Smith, the director of the cult-hit "Clerks", tweeted early Monday that he survived a “massive” heart attack. Smith had been at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California for two shows that were being recorded for a Comedy TV special.
“If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go the hospital, I would’ve died tonight,” he tweeted. “But for now, I’m still above ground!”
He went on to say that the doctor who saved his life said he had a 100 percent blockage of his LAD artery, known as “the widow-maker".
Smith has been in the news late last year when he announced that he would donate all future residuals from his early films to Women in Film. Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul, helped Smith become a successful director. Some of his movies include "Mallrats", "Chasing Amy" and "Jay and "Silent Bob Strike Back".
The hefty director famously went on a Twitter rant in 2010 after being removed from a Southwest Airlines flight for not fitting into a seat.
One of Smith's "Clerks" co-stars died last year. Lisa Spoonauer, who played Caitlin Bree in the movie, died in her New Jersey home last May of unknown causes.