Bob Odenkirk Recovering After ‘Heart-Related Incident’ on ‘Better Call Saul’ Set
UPDATE (7/28/2021, 8 p.m. ET):
TMZ reports that the Emmy-winning actor suffered a “heart-related incident,” which is why he was rushed to the hospital earlier this week. When word spread of the incident, fans and friends of the star shared messages of support, including his former Breaking Bad costar Bryan Cranston.
“Bob 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,” Odenkirk’s rep told the site in a statement. “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.”
Original story (7/28/2021, 9 a.m. ET):
As first reported by TMZ, Odenkirk was shooting a scene in Albuquerque, New Mexico when he fell ill. He was immediately attended to by crew members and then taken by ambulance to a hospital in Los Angeles. There are no further details on his current condition at the time of writing.
The 58-year-old Odenkirk portrays lawyer Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul, a spin-off prequel from Breaking Bad, in which he played the same character. The series, which is currently in production on its sixth and final season, traces Saul’s transformation from con-man Jimmy McGill to in-over-his-head criminal defense lawyer Saul.
Following the news of Odenkirk’s collapse, Better Call Saul co-star Michael McKean tweeted his support. “Sending huge love to our Bob Odenkirk,” he wrote. “You got this, brother.”
Sending huge love to our @mrbobodenkirk. You got this, brother.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 28, 2021
Similar sentiments were shared by comedian and Arrested Development actor David Cross, who starred with Odenkirk in the cult HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David. “I will share what I know when I can,” Cross wrote. “But Bob is one of the strongest people I know both physically and spiritually. He WILL get through this.”
I will share what I know when I can but Bob is one of the strongest people I know both physically and spiritually. He WILL get through this.
— david cross✍ (@davidcrosss) July 28, 2021
Oh man, really hope Bob Odenkirk is ok.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) July 28, 2021
I love Bob Odenkirk and hope he’s doing as ok as possible.
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) July 28, 2021
Sending all love, health, and goodness to that beautiful soul that is @mrbobodenkirk and his family.
— Julie Ann Emery (@julieannemery) July 28, 2021
Odenkirk, who recently received positive reviews for his leading role in the film Nobody, is expected to release a memoir in 2022 detailing his career from Saturday Night Live to Better Call Saul.