Kevin Smith suffers massive heart attack, his celeb friends respond

Wendy Geller
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

Smith, who had performed the first of what was slated to be two standup comedy shows in Los Angeles, gave the alarming report on social the next morning that if he hadn’t canceled his second show Sunday and gone to the hospital, he would have died. As it turns out, the 47-year-old Clerks filmmaker had a total blockage of his left coronary artery, an extremely critical condition.

He managed to be wry about the situation, posting, “For now, I’m still above ground.”

The photo drew concerned responses from fans, including his friends and acquaintances in the film and TV world, such as Tom Arnold, Jack Osbourne, and Finn Wolfhard.

One well-wisher even caused a bit of controversy. Actor Chris Pratt, star of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, posted a string of tweets asserting that he would pray for Smith. “I’m praying my ass off for you cause I believe in the healing power of prayer,” he noted, asking others to pray along with him. He then added another tweet:

The response on Twitter was swift, with many users replying negatively to Pratt’s request and connecting it to the oft-repeated “thoughts and prayers” phrase that many are finding grating in the current climate of multiple public shootings.

However, Pratt was defended by his Guardians director James Gunn, who posted a lengthy Twitter thread explaining that he feels the concept of prayer can be misunderstood. “Prayer isn’t for everyone but, in the face of helplessness, it’s often meant as a acknowledgement that one cares.”

Smith has creatively driven a collection of films over a 25-year career. He most recently appeared as himself in the film The Disaster Artist and has directed several episodes of both The Flash and Supergirl for the CW network.

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