Today is Kevin Smith’s 48th birthday, and his first since suffering a near-fatal heart attack in February, and to mark the occasion, he shared a touching message on social media.

The photo saw Smith posing against the wall of the store where Clerks was filmed, wearing one of his signature hockey jerseys.

The captions reads “Today, August 2nd, 2018, I am 48 years old. This is me leaning against the wall that changed my life. Speaking of life, I almost didn’t make it out alive this year. So in the words of the great Dante Hicks “I’m not even supposed to be here today!””

On February 25th, Smith suffered a massive heart attack, posting after on social media that he had 100% blockage of his LAD artery, a type of heart attack which colloquially bears the ominous name of the “Widowmaker”.

He’s come out the other side a happy man, and for his birthday, he asked fans that if they wanted to give a “cheap but meaningful gift” they could support his new TV series, Hollyweed. The show is being produced by Rivit TV, an audience-powered television service that hosts a free pilot and simply asks fans to pledge whatever they’re willing to pay for a full season.

Hollyweed stars Smith and Donnell Rawlings as two people running a medical marijuana store in LA, in a formula which Smith himself described as Clerks in a weed store.”

Check out the for Hollyweed on Rivit TV if you live outside the EU – unfortunately for the rest of us, we’ll have to hope the series is picked up.

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