Back in February, Kevin Smith suffered a heart attack that nearly claimed his life.
Fortunately, the beloved filmmaker pulled through, and these days, he’s up and about, and once again meeting the many demands of his still-thriving media empire.
Smith updated fans on his condition throughout his recovery, noting that he rapidly lost 17 pounds after switching to a mostly plant-based diet.
Yes, the man who created such characters as Bluntman & Chronic and who hosts a web series called Fatman on Batman might not seem like the most likely health guru, but Smith has been to the brink and turned things around.
And while he admits that some of his vices led to the slow deterioration of his health, there’s one indulgence that may have literally saved his life.
Smith appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, and he shared the tale of receiving some very surprising news from his physician.
It seems Smith was in New York to perform a stand-up set when the attack occurred, and his pre-show herbal relaxation ceremony wound up making the difference between life and death.
“I asked my doctor like after this was all done, I was like, ‘I hate to ask this question, man, but did I have a heart attack because of the weed? Because I smoked a joint right before the show,'” Smith told the audience.
“No. In fact, quite the opposite,” Smith recalled the doctor saying.
“That weed saved your life.”
Yes, they’re the words every stoner dreams of hearing.
And we think it’s safe
“He said, you kept calm…they told you [you] were going through stuff and you kept calm the whole time, so that joint saved your life,” Smith told said.
“I’m putting that on a T-shirt,” the 47-year-old concluded.
We’re guessing that’s one item of merchandise that would prove very popular with Smith’s fans.