Kevin Smith, 'Clerks' filmmaker, survives 'massive heart attack'

“Clerks” filmmaker Kevin Smith says he nearly died of a “massive heart attack” after rushing to a hospital Sunday night.

Smith, 47, the star of the New Jersey-based “Comic Book Men” reality show, divulged the harrowing news from his hospital bed in California, just after midnight local time, Monday. Smith said he canceled a stand up gig in Glendale, Calif., after falling ill.

“The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka “the Widow-Maker”),” Smith tweeted. “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,” he added.

Smith was scheduled to tape two stand-up shows at the Alex Theater in Glendale, one at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday night. He canceled the second performance.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 22: Director Kevin Smith and producer Scott Mosier pose during the Opening Night Gala featuring over 100 Artists reinterpreting classic cult films held at Gallery 1988 on August 22, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
Kevin Smith during 'Clerks II' Sydney Premiere at State Theatre in Sydney, NSW, Australia. (Photo by John Stanton/WireImage)
Kevin Smith, Jim Mahfood and Gilbert Hernandez at the Golden Apple Comic Book Megastore in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Kevin Smith and Marilyn Ghigliotti during World Premiere Comic Book Signing For 'Clerks' at Golden Apple Comic Book Megastore in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Kevin Smith during 'Clerks' 10th Anniversary Screening and Q&A at ArcLight Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 30: Director Kevin Smith presents during the Hollywood Reporter's 33rd Annual Key Art Awards at the Kodak Theatre on April 30, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith during 'Clerks X' and 'Jersey Girl' DVD Release Party at Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash in Westwood, CA, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Brian O'Halloran, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier, Jeff Anderson and Kevin Smith (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Kevin Smith and Rosario Dawson at the Jimmyz in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Kevin Smith, Rosario Dawson and Harvey Weinstein at the Jimmyz in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Rosario Dawson and writer-director Kevin Smith at the Palais des Festival in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Rosario Dawson, Kevin Smith and Jennifer Schwalbach Smith (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Kevin Smith (right) and Jennifer Schwalbach Smith during 2006 Cannes Film Festival - 'Clerks II' Premiere at Palais des Festival in Cannes, France. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Rosario Dawson, Kevin Smith and Jennifer Schwalbach Smith (Photo by Tony Barson Archive/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 11: Writer/director Kevin Smith (L) and actor Jason Lee pose at the premiere of MGM's 'Clerks II' at the Cinerama Dome Theater on July 11, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Richard Kelly and Kevin Smith during Richard Kelly Signs His Graphic Novel 'Southland Tales' and Kevin Smith Signs Posters for 'Clerks II' at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash West in Westwood, CA, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
SLUG: ST-SMITH DATE: 06/28/2006 CREDIT: Bill O'Leary Director, writer and actor Kevin Smith, in town to promote his much anticipated sequel to his breakout 1994 film 'Clerks'. Pictured, Kevin Smith, outside of the mini market at Tenley circle in NW. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Director Kevin Smith is photographed at home in front of a painting of his daughter, Harley. In one sense he is a complete failure as a filmmaker. With his latest feature, 'Clerks 2,' he moves the ball forward not one bit in regards to his filmmaking skill or writing voice. He has been treading water for 10 years, and is a poster boy for what is essentially the emotional bankruptcy of geek culture. In another light, however, he is a massive success, with regular appearances on 'The Tonight Show,' his comic books and stores, his online empire, and the way in which he turned himself into a brand. Photo shot on Monday, July 3, 2006. (Photo by Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 11: MGM's Rick Sands (L) and Writer/Director Kevin Smith arrive at the premiere of MGM's 'Clerks II' at the Cinerama Dome Theater on July 11, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 11: Writer/director Kevin Smith (L) and producer Scott Mosier pose at the afterparty for the premiere of MGM's 'Clerks II' at Avelon on July 11, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Kevin Smith, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith and Daughter Harley at the ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 11: Actress Rosario Dawson (L) and writer/director Kevin Smith arrive at the premiere of MGM's 'Clerks II' at the Cinerama Dome Theater on July 11, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Kevin Smith, director and Jason Lee (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage for The Weinstein Company)
Kevin Smith and Jason Lee during 'Clerks II' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Arclight Cinema in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage for The Weinstein Company)
Rick Sands, Kevin Smith and Jennifer Smith during 'Clerks II' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Arclight Cinema in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage for The Weinstein Company)
Kevin Smith, director during 'Clerks II' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Arclight Cinema in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage for The Weinstein Company)
Jason Mewes, Brian O'Halloran, Trevor Fuhrman, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Smith, Jeff Anderson and Jennifer Smith (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage for The Weinstein Company)
Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Smith, Jeff Anderson and Brian O'Halloran (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for The Weinstein Company)
Rosario Dawson and Kevin Smith, director during 'Clerks II' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Arclight Cinema in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for The Weinstein Company)
Kevin Smith during Kevin Smith and Lisa Loeb Host A Special Screening of Clerks for the Netflix Rolling Roadshow at Marine Park in Red Bank, NJ, United States. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)
Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith during 'Clerks II' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Arclight Cinema in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for The Weinstein Company)
Lisa Loeb and Kevin Smith during Kevin Smith and Lisa Loeb Host A Special Screening of Clerks for the Netflix Rolling Roadshow at Marine Park in Red Bank, NJ, United States. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)
Kevin Smith during 'Clerks II' Sydney Premiere at State Theatre in Sydney, NSW, Australia. (Photo by John Stanton/WireImage)
Kevin Smith at the Jay And Silent Bob's Secret Stash West in Westwood, CA (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
11/20/2006. Westwood. Director Kevin Smith,36, and Dagmar Weaver�Madsen (CQ), 23 cinematography grad student rehearse a scene before filming. Director Kevin Smith (Clerks) is teaching a class in creating short form movies for the cell phone for students at UCLA. The students write,produce, direct and film these original movies. They are shooting a mobisode on monday at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash West for the class called mobisodes 101. (Photo by Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: (l-r) Directors Edgar Wright and Kevin Smith talk at the opening night of 'Crazy 4 Cult' a group art show saluting classic cult movies at Gallery 1988, on July 17, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Director Kevin Smith attends the opening night of 'Crazy 4 Cult' a group art show saluting classic cult movies at Gallery 1988, on the 17th July 2007, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Screenwriter Kevin Smith attends the 'Clerks' Premiere at Egyptian Theatre during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
KEVIN SMITH. 07.15.2006. Director/Actor Kevin Smith photographed at the Park Hyatt on a press junket for his new movie, Clerks 2, which comes out next week. (Tory Zimmerman/Toronto Star) (Photo by Tory Zimmerman/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Screenwriter Kevin Smith officiates a marriage at the 'Clerks' Premiere at Egyptian Theatre during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
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