Bob Odenkirk is in stable condition at an Albuquerque, N.M. hospital after suffering a ‘heart-related incident’, collapsing on the set of the AMC show Better Call Saul, and was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday July 27, 2021. TMZ was the first to report the news of the incident.
“We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart-related incident,” his representatives said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. “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.”
His son, Nate Odenkirk, also tweeted reassuring news: “He’s going to be okay.”
The 58-year-old star of Better Call Saul was rushed to the hospital after the alarming collapse, which took place while he was filming the show’s sixth (and final) season. While Hollywood and the rest of the world waited for an update on Odenkirk’s condition, his former and current castmates took to social media to offer their support and well-wishes.
Rhea Seehorn, who plays Kim Wexler on the show, replied a series of hearts in response to Nate Odenkirk’s announcement that Bob would be OK.
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston asked fans to send good thoughts and prayers Bob’s way, saying, “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.”
David Cross, who co-created and co-starred in the HBO sketch comedy show Mr. Show With Bob and David with Odenkirk in the mid 1990s, took to social media to send support to his longtime friend.
“I will share what I know when I can but Bob is one of the strongest people I know both physically and mentally. He WILL get through this,” Cross wrote late Tuesday night after news broke of Odenkirk’s hospitalization.
Fellow Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul also posted a tribute to Odenkirk, writing “I love you my friend.”
Michael Mando, who plays Nacho Varga on Better Call Saul, wrote “Last night our dear Bob was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed on stage. Send all your positive energy and love to him and his family – let’s hope to have him back as soon as possible. I love u so much, my friend xo.”
Michael McKean, who played Chuck McGill, the older brother of Odenkirk’s character Jimmy McGill before Jimmy took on the persona of Saul Goodman on Better Call Saul, also showed support to his former co-star and on-screen sibling.
“Sending huge love to our @mrbobodenkirk. You got this, brother,” McKean wrote.
AMC said in a statement: “Bob is someone we have known and been lucky enough to work with for a long time. 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.”
“Bob has been a part of our Sony Pictures family for many years and we are fortunate to be able to work with such a uniquely talented, incredible human being,” Sony Pictures Television, which produces Better Call Saul, said in a statement. “Along with the millions of fans and supporters around the world, we are keeping him and his family in our thoughts and wishing him all the best in his recovery.”
The final season of Better Call Saul had previously been slated to air on AMC in 2021 but was moved to 2022 after production was delayed due to the pandemic. Production was again halted yesterday, and it is not yet known when it will resume.