Director and actor Kevin Smith says he had accepted death after suffering a "massive" heart attack in Los Angeles on Sunday night (local time).
The Clerks filmmaker announced the news to his fans on Instagram yesterday, posting a selfie from his hospital bed. Smith says he was in the midst of taping a couple of stand-up comedy shows, but cancelled the second one after feeling ill.
"If I hadn't cancelled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would've died tonight," Smith wrote.
In the emotional post about the heart attack, known as the 'widow maker', Smith reflected on his life and said he "was filled with a sense of calm" during the emergency surgery.
"I've had a great life: loved by parents who raised me to become the individual I am," he wrote.
"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 realised I was relatively content."
Smith added that he may make "some lifestyle changes now", such as potentially going vegan.
Celebrities have sent messages of support on social media, including Jurassic World star Chris Pratt, who wrote on Twitter that he was "praying [his] ass off".
Smith was kicked off a Southwest flight in 2010, allegedly for being "too fat". He was told he needed to purchase two seats for the flight.