Filmmaker Kevin Smith was convinced he had just sipped some “bad milk” after throwing up as he began to suffer from a heart attack on Sunday night (25Feb18).
The Clerks writer/director fell ill after completing the first of two of his Kevin Smith Live! stand up shows at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California, and had to cancel the second gig.
On Monday (26Feb18), Kevin revealed he had been struck down by a “massive heart attack”, and had to be hospitalised for emergency surgery.
The 47-year-old is now on the road to recovery, and has since shared more details about the scary moments leading up to his health crisis, admitting the thought of a heart attack never even crossed his mind as he wasn’t in that much pain.
Assuring fans he’s “fine, kind of”, he shared in a new online video, “After the first show, I started feeling nauseous, and then I tried to lay down on the floor… I wound up getting ill, like threw up, but (it was) mostly bile, so I just thought I got some bad milk.”
An ambulance was called after Kevin began having difficulties breathing, but even as paramedics arrived to evaluate him, he was still in denial about the seriousness of his condition – and was more concerned about having to expose his bulging stomach to receive treatment.
Calling the first responders “wonderful”, he said, “They were very patient with a guy who was – never mind the heart attack – deathly afraid of lifting his shirt up… They start doing what they’re doing, lifting up my shirt, I was like, ‘Woah!’ and yanking down my shirt.
“It became a struggle, a battle with these cats… I was profusely sweating…, and they were looking at me like, ‘This cat has no idea what’s going on, does he…?'”
Kevin only realised he was in real trouble when the medics called for powerful pain medication morphine, and he suddenly began to assess his life as he faced the possibility of dying.
“If they’re pulling out morphine, that usually means bad s**t, so when I heard that, I started going, ‘This could be it,’ so I thought about my life…,” he explained. “It’s not like my life flashed before my eyes, but I had a good long moment to think…
“I just thought about everything, thought about my parents…, my brother and my sister, my friends, and my wife and my kid, and this weird, wonderful career that I’ve had for so long.”
“I was content, it was weird…,” Kevin admitted. “I didn’t wanna die, don’t get me wrong, but I was like… what a ride it’s been, what an incredible f**king ride.”
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