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Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk says he will be 'OK' after heart attack

Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk said he had a "small heart attack" when he collapsed on the show's New Mexico set, and he is going to be OK, he said in a statement released on Twitter late Friday afternoon.

Actor said he suffered a 'small heart attack' when he collapsed on the show's set

In this image released by AMC, Bob Odenkirk appears in a scene from Better Call Saul. Odenkirk collapsed on the show's set in New Mexico on Tuesday. (Ursula Coyote/AMC/Associated Press)

Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk had a "small heart attack" when he collapsed on the show's New Mexico set, the actor said in a statement posted on Twitter late Friday afternoon.

"Hi. It's Bob," the tweet read. "Thank you. To my family and friends who have surrounded me this week. And for the outpouring of love from everyone who expressed concern and care for me. It's overwhelming. But I feel the love and it means so much."

On Wednesday, his representatives said that his condition was stable as he recovered in hospital.

"We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart-related incident," the statement said.

"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."

Odenkirk collapsed Tuesday on the Albuquerque, N.M., set where the Breaking Bad spinoff is shooting its sixth and final season. Crew members called an ambulance that took the 58-year-old actor to a local hospital.

Shortly before the representatives' statement was released, Odenkirk's son, Nate, the elder of his two children, tweeted, "He's going to be OK."

The sixth season of the spinoff prequel to Breaking Bad is set to air on AMC next year. Both shows were shot in and mostly set in Albuquerque.

Known for Breaking Bad, Mr. Show

Odenkirk performs at Calgary's Comedy Monday Night. (Submitted by James Moore)

Odenkirk has been nominated for four Emmy Awards for playing the title character, a down-on-his-luck lawyer named Jimmy McGill who becomes increasingly corrupt and adopts the pseudonym Saul Goodman, the "criminal lawyer" who appeared in dozens of episodes of Breaking Bad.

Michael McKean, Odenkirk's co-star who played his brother on Better Call Saul, was among many wishing Odenkirk well on social media during an anxious night and day where little news beyond his collapse and hospitalization was released.

"Sending huge love to our (at)mrbobodenkirk," McKean tweeted. "You got this, brother."

Odenkirk's Breaking Bad co-stars also showed their love and concern.

"Today I woke up to news that has made me anxious all morning," Bryan Cranston said on Instagram, along with a photo of himself with Odenkirk. "Please take a moment in your day today to think about him and send positive thoughts and prayers his way."

Cranston's co-star, Aaron Paul, posted an Instagram picture of Odenkirk with the caption, "I love you my friend."

Before the Saul role, which he also played on Breaking Bad, Odenkirk was best known for Mr. Show With Bob and David, a sketch comedy series he co-created with David Cross that originally aired on HBO from 1995 to 1998.

On Tuesday night, Cross tweeted, "Bob is one of the strongest people I know both physically and spiritually. He WILL get through this." 

Odenkirk has won two Emmy Awards, for his writing on The Ben Stiller Show and on Saturday Night Live.

He has also appeared on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show and in the films The Post, Little Women and Nobody.

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