UPDATE: Bob Odenkirk is said to be “on the rebound” after collapsing on the set of Better Call Saul and being taken to hospital.
As reported by TV Line, a representative for the actor said, “We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart-related incident.
“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.”
Celebrated actor Bob Odenkirk has been taken to hospital after collapsing on the set of Better Call Saul.
The Breaking Bad spin-off is currently filming its sixth and final season, starring Odenkirk as con artist-turned-lawyer Jimmy McGill, who eventually takes on the pseudonym Saul Goodman.
New agencies AP and Reuters have confirmed an earlier report from gossip site TMZ, which revealed that the actor collapsed on the show’s set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was swiftly taken to hospital in an ambulance.
It is not yet known what caused the incident, but it is understood that Odenkirk has spent the night in hospital, with fans and peers sending best wishes.
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) shared a message of support for Odenkirk on his Instagram, which read: “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.
“He is in the hospital in Albuquerque and receiving the medical attention he needs but his condition is not known to the public as yet. Please take a moment in your day today to think about him and send positive thoughts and prayers his way, thank you.”
David Cross, who Odenkirk has collaborated with on sketch comedies Mr Show and Netflix‘s W/ Bob & David, assured fans he will share details at an appropriate time and hailed his screen partner as “one of the strongest people I know”.
“I will share what I know when I can but Bob is one of the strongest people I know both physically and spiritually,” his tweet reads. “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
Odenkirk’s former Better Call Saul co-star Michael McKean, who played Jimmy McGill’s older brother Chuck, also voiced his support for the actor in light of this worrying news.
“Sending huge love to our Bob Odenkirk. You got this, brother,” he tweeted this morning.
Sending huge love to our @mrbobodenkirk. You got this, brother.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 28, 2021
Another of Odenkirk’s comedy collaborators Tim Heidecker, best known for the double act Tim & Eric, added to the messages, sending love to the actor at this difficult time.
The tweet reads: “Let’s all please keep our Godfather Bob Odenkirk in our thoughts tonight as it appears he’s in the hospital! Love you bob!”
Let’s all please keep our Godfather @mrbobodenkirk in our thoughts tonight as it appears he’s in the hospital! Love you bob!— Join HEI Now (@timheidecker) July 28, 2021
Wishing the wonderful actor and exceptional human being @mrbobodenkirk a speedy and full recovery. 🙏🏿🕉— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) July 28, 2021
Odenkirk recently made the jump to the big screen for Nobody, a darkly comedic action thriller which sees a seemingly ordinary man be targeted by a drug lord, who later discovers there is more to him than meets the eye.
The film was a critical and commercial success despite the pandemic’s reduced box office market, with a sequel currently being developed by screenwriter Derek Kolstad.
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