Reading Time: < 1 minute Kevin Smith with his daughter Harley Quinn (Photo: Instagram)
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Writer, director, and comedian Kevin Smith has said that going vegan – thanks to his daughter Harley Quinn – ‘saved his life’.

The star, who went plant-based to improve his health after a recent heart attack, took to Instagram this week to share a picture of himself and Harley and celebrate his change in lifestyle.

He wrote: “She’s been my role model for my plant-based lifestyle. Had no idea that having a kid would indirectly save my life, but she did.”

Harley’s influence

This is not the first time Smith has thanked his daughter – a self-described ‘friend to all animals’ – for her influence on his lifestyle.

Smith took to Instagram in August to celebrate a 51-pound weight loss as a result of his change in diet.

In the caption, he wrote: “I also wanna thank my kid @harleyquinnsmith – the little vegan astronaut who explored this meatless/milkless galaxy ahead of me, leading by example.”

Survivor

In May, Smith told podcast hosts Jim Norton and Sam Roberts that the heart attack he had was caused by a 100 percent artery blockage.

He added that this type of attack – often called ‘the widow maker’ – has only a 20 percent survival rate.

Now, Smith reports not only weight loss, but that his blood pressure has been restored to healthy levels thanks to his change in diet.

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.