Kevin Smith believes surviving his heart attacked was like ''attending [his] own wake''.

The 47-year-old filmmaker and comedian suffered a ''massive'' heart attack in February this year which could have killed him, and after coming out the other side of the ordeal, Kevin as described the experience was ''beautiful'', as he's been able to read all the kind words people said about him when he was on the brink of death.

He said: ''It's been beautiful. Honestly, it's kind of like I got to attend my own wake, because I lived through it. People wrote the nicest things. I live on the internet. I've been a creature of the internet since like 1995. So I was always keeping an eye out for the people who were like, 'The only sad part of this story is that he f***ing survived.' But there wasn't any of that. If I can just keep my nose clean until the day I die, this is a real preview of what it'll be like. People weren't dancing on my grave, there was genuine f***ing concern.''

Although no-one has given him any hate on the Internet, they have been giving him grief about his weight, as some people believe he's losing too much.

He added: ''People always support you when you lose weight, because they're like, 'You look better, you look healthier.' But then there's the other side of the equation where people are like, 'You've lost too much weight, now you're looking emaciated, stop it!' Look, I appreciate the kind sentiment, but I've seen myself with my clothes off, we're nowhere near emaciation.''

The 'Clerks' helmer believes his brush with death ultimately ''saved his life'', as he now takes care of his body.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, he said: ''I'm telling you man, it's crazy, but the heart attack is really the best thing that ever happened to me. It saved my life and put me on a healthier path. If you make so many things, you're constantly moving forward and not really paying attention to the reaction. At the end of the day, the heart attack gave me this cosmic gut punch of like, you have no choice but to just sit here and reflect.''