Supernatural star Mark Sheppard has revealed he recently suffered six ‘massive’ heart attacks and had to be resuscitated four times after collapsing in his kitchen.
The 59-year-old British actor credited his wife Sarah Louise Fudge with saving his life and said he felt ‘humbled’ by the near-death experience.
Sheppard said he suffered a ‘widowmaker’ – the deadliest kind of cardiac arrest which occurs when the largest coronary artery, the LAD, becomes blocked.
He posted a photograph of himself laying in a hospital bed looking bedraggled with several heart monitor devices attached to his chest on Saturday.
‘You’re not going to believe this!’ the father-of-three told his 1.7 million Instagram followers in the post.
Supernatural star Mark Sheppard has revealed he suffered six ‘massive’ heart attacks and was resuscitated four times after collapsing in his kitchen. (Pictured: Sheppard’s selfie laying in a hospital bed with several heart monitor devices attached to his chest posted Saturday)
Sheppard shared details about his brush with death via Instagram on Saturday. (Pictured: Sheppard on the set of Supernatural in May 2010)
‘Was on my way to an appointment yesterday when I collapsed in my kitchen.
‘Six massive heart attacks later, and being brought back from dead four times I apparently had a 100 percent blockage in my LAD. The Widowmaker.
‘If not for my wife, the @losangelesfiredepartment at Mullholland and the incredible staff @providencecalifornia St Joseph’s – I wouldn’t be writing this.
‘My chances of survival were virtually nil. I feel great. Humbled once more. Home tomorrow! #spnfamily.’
The LAD is the largest coronary artery, which carries almost 50 percent of the blood to the heart, according to the New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Sheppard’s co-star Misha Collins, 49, called his miraculous survival ‘impressive’ and sent the London-born actor his love on Instagram.
‘Mark! You don’t need to do the most and biggest every time!’ Collins said.
‘Six heart attacks? Two or three would have been impressive enough. You’ve impressed us, okay.
‘Now stop with this heal up and get back on the road with us. Love you, pal.’