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Actor Bob Odenkirk says he had a small heart attack, will be back

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / FEB 8., 2020
                                Actor Bob Odenkirk, seen here at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. in 2020, says he “had a small heart attack” but will “be back soon.”

    ASSOCIATED PRESS / FEB 8., 2020

    Actor Bob Odenkirk, seen here at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. in 2020, says he “had a small heart attack” but will “be back soon.”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. >> “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk says that he “had a small heart attack” but will “be back soon.”

The 58-year-old actor took to Twitter Friday to make his first public statement since collapsing on the show’s Albuquerque, New Mexico, set on Tuesday.

“Hi. It’s Bob,” Odenkirk tweeted. “Thank you. To my family and friends who have surrounded me this week. And for the outpouring of love from everyone who expressed concern and care for me. It’s overwhelming. But I feel the love and it means so much.”

“I had a small heart attack,” he continued. “But I’m going to be ok thanks to Rosa Estrada and the doctors who knew how to fix the blockage without surgery.”

His representatives had previously only said that he had a “heart related incident” and was stable in an Albuquerque hospital after collapsing while shooting the show’s sixth and final season.

Odenkirk also thanked the network that airs “Better Call Saul” and the company that produces it.

“AMC and SONYs support and help throughout this has been next-level,” he tweeted. “I’m going to take a beat to recover but I’ll be back soon.”

The tone of Odenkirk’s friends and co-stars had already shifted from concern to relief before his tweets.

“Just got off the phone with Bob and he’s doing great!” David Cross, who formed a comedy duo with Odenkirk to make the HBO sketch show “Mr. Show.” “Joking and japing and joshing. Both he and his family are overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and concern everyone has shown. You will be hearing from him soon. But he’s doing really well!!!”

Odenkirk has been nominated for four Emmys for playing the title character, a down-on-his-luck lawyer named Jimmy McGill who becomes increasingly corrupt and adopts the pseudonym Saul Goodman, the “criminal lawyer” who appeared in dozens of episodes of “Breaking Bad” before getting his own spin-off.

Both shows were shot in, and mostly set in, New Mexico.

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