The comedian and director revealed the news via Twitter early this morning, sharing a selfie from his hospital bed. Smith's doctor told him that he had "100% blockage" of his left anterior descending artery (frequently referred to as the "widow maker").
The attack happened after Smith had performed the first of two sets at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA, which were to be recorded for an upcoming special dubbed Kevin Smith Live! The first show took place at 6 p.m. local time, while the 9 p.m. taping was cancelled.
According to Smith, "If I hadn't canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would've died tonight."
See Smith's full post below.
After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. 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! pic.twitter.com/M5gSnW9E5h— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 26, 2018
A number of famous fans have since passed along their well wishes as the comedian continues to recover. See some of those messages below.
Stay strong man. Let's get u better. Grateful to read this tweet 🙏🏾👊🏾— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 26, 2018
Kevin we don't know each other too good but I have loved you since Clerks and I'm praying my ass off for you cause I believe in the healing power of prayer. Can you please pray with me people!? 🙏♥️ https://t.co/syB7BiQaoY— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) February 26, 2018
Speedy recovery. Glad you're still around.— Justine Bateman (@JustineBateman) February 26, 2018
Scary! Glad your ok.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) February 26, 2018
Glad to still have you this side of the lawn. Cheers.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) February 26, 2018
OMG Thank G!— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) February 26, 2018
Healing vibes, Kevin. Stay strong & Get Well Soon! https://t.co/zE4hL7MKRH— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) February 26, 2018
Glad you're still here, we can't lose you!— Felicia Day (@feliciaday) February 26, 2018
so relieved to hear that you're ok. be well, Kevin.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) February 26, 2018
Get well soon, Kevin!!💪🏾— terrycrews (@terrycrews) February 26, 2018
Sending good thoughts and blessings Kevin. Glad you're still around.— Tim Robbins (@TimRobbins1) February 26, 2018
Wishing you a speedy recovery.— K Trevor Wilson (@KTrevorWilson) February 26, 2018