- The comedian, actor and director faced death head on and realised that he was ok if he ended up dying, he had a great life
- Dying was his greatest fear and when he was forced to face it before he was ready, he realised that he was not that afraid anymore
- He wrote a touching message explaining how he felt as the doctors were saving his life
After completing two scheduled stand-up shows at California's Alex Theatre, Director and comedian Kevin Smith didn't feel too good.
He began to feel nauseous and threw up but it didn't help. He started sweating profusely and his chest felt very heavy.
Briefly.co.za learned that at the time he didn't realise that he was in the process of having a massive heart attack. Once in the hospital, he was told that he had a complete blockage of his left anterior descending artery according to upworthy.com.
Heart attacks involving this artery are often fatal earning it the nickname, 'the Widow-Maker'.
He wrote this touching message
"Even as they cut into my groin to slip a stent into the lethal Widow-Maker, I was filled with a sense of calm. I’ve had a great life: loved by parents who raised me to become the individual I am.
I’ve had a weird, wonderful career in all sorts of media, amazing friends, the best wife in the world and an incredible daughter who made me a Dad. But as I stared into the infinite, I realized I was relatively content. ...
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. ...
I faced my greatest fear tonight... and it wasn’t as bad as I’ve always imagined it’d be. I don’t want my life to end but if it ends, I can’t complain. It was such a gift."
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His message touched so many people that he was flooded with messages wishing him well. Kevin Smith is also well known for his stoic character, Silent Bob who features regularly in his own movies.
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