– by Joseph Jammer Medina

A couple weeks ago, film director and podcaster Kevin Smith suffered a massive heart attack following a show for a recorded comedy special. As is Smith’s M.O., he has since gone on to share, in vivid detail, those moments when he was near to death.

However, in the 13-plus days since his heart attack, Smith has been proactive on improving his health. On all of his podcasts across his network, he’s stated that his doctor told him to lose 50 pounds (and this is in addition to the 90 or so pounds he lost over the past few years while cutting sugar from his diet). In order to meet this, he’s gotten in touch with Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller fame, who also went through a transformation himself.

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Smith read the man’s book, Presto, and hired a dietician to help him on his road to reaching a healthy weight. As stated, the time since his heart attack has only been a couple of weeks, so it’s hard to imagine he’s made dramatic progress already, right? Wrong!

Smith took to Twitter to report the following:

“I’m officially down 20 pounds as of this morning! 20 pounds in 13 days & my blood pressure is amazing. How did this happen? @pennjillette & his book “Presto” turned me on to @RayCronise and his program at http://justsides.com My Doc said lose 50 pounds. 20 down, 30 more to go!”

Talk about progress, but I’m happy to see him making strides towards a long and healthy life. As a fan of his, I want to see him make it at least a few more decades of clean living. The man may be self-deprecating beyond belief, but he truly is a voice of the fans.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.