UPDATE (7/30): Bob Odenkirk offered an update on his health after suffering what he described as “a small heart attack” while filming Better Call Saul. “Hi. It’s Bob,” Odenkirk wrote on Twitter. “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.”
He continued, “I had a small heart attack. But I’m going to be ok thanks to Rosa Estrada and the doctors who knew how to fix the blockage without surgery. Also, AMC and SONYs support and help throughout this has been next-level. I’m going to take a beat to recover but I’ll be back soon.”
Hi. It's Bob.
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.
— Mr. Bob Odenkirk (@mrbobodenkirk) July 30, 2021
Odenkirk’s longtime collaborator and Mr. Show co-creator David Cross, also said he spoke with the actor, tweeting, “Just got off the phone with Bob and he’s doing great! 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!!!”
Just got off the phone with Bob and he's doing great! 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!!!
— david cross✍ (@davidcrosss) July 30, 2021
Bob Odenkirk, the star of AMC’s Better Call Saul, is in stable condition on Wednesday following a heart-related incident, according to reps for the actor. Odenkirk had been filming on set in New Mexico for Better Call Saul on Tuesday, when he was rushed to the hospital after collapsing.
“We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart-related incident,” his reps said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “He and his family would like to express gratitude for the incredible doctors and nurses looking after him, as well as his cast, crew and producers who have stayed by his side. The Odenkirks would also like to thank everyone for the outpouring of well wishes and ask for their privacy at this time as Bob works on his recovery.”
Better Call Saul is in production for its sixth and final season. The 58-year-old star collapsed during shooting for the show on Tuesday and crew members called an ambulance to take him to the hospital. He remained hospitalized on Tuesday night.
Better Call Saul, the offshoot prequel series to Breaking Bad, follows the trajectory of a shifty Jimmy McGill as he transforms into criminal defense lawyer Saul Goodman, who hasn’t completely shed his conman beginnings, though he works towards gaining respect. Odenkirk has been nominated for four Golden Globes and four Emmys for his role in the series. He also recently appeared in the lead role for action film, Nobody, which arrived in March.
In the wake of the news, fans and colleagues alike voiced their support of the actor on social media, including Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston.
“Today I woke up to news that has made me anxious all morning. My friend, Bob Odenkirk collapsed last night on the set of Better Call Saul,” Cranston wrote on Instagram, adding, “Please take a moment in your day today to think about him and send positive thoughts and prayers his way, thank you.”
“Bob is someone we have known and been lucky enough to work with for a long time,” AMC said in a statement Wednesday night via Associated Press. “The immediate outpouring of affection and concern from fans around the world is a clear reflection of his immense talents and ability to both move and entertain people. Like everyone else, we are so grateful to know he is in stable condition and receiving excellent care. We are holding him close in our thoughts and wishing for a fast and full recovery.”
The 13-episode final season of Better Call Saul is expected to premiere next year.