Bob Odenkirk collapses on Better Call Saul set - UPDATE

Published By Tribute on Jul 28, 2021

Bob Odenkirk in a still from his hit film NobodyIn a frightening turn of events, Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk collapsed on the set in New Mexico while filming an episode for the final season.

According to sources, paramedics were immediately called and Odenkirk was rushed to a nearby hospital. The cause of his collapse is currently unknown, and it's also not known if there are underlying medical issues.

Odenkirk, 58, is the star of the popular AMC show, which is a spin-off from the hit drama series Breaking Bad. Previously, when speaking about filming for the sixth season, Odenkirk alluded to the difficulty of filming in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Citing the 110-degree heat and 12-hour work days of an earlier episode that took place in the desert, he said the two-week filming schedule was a more difficult experience than the extensive physical training he undertook for his hit action film Nobody, which was released this past spring.

Awakening to the news that his former co-star had landed in the hospital on Tuesday, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston issued an emotional statement Wednesday morning.

"Today I woke up to the news that has made me anxious all morning," Cranston wrote on Instagram. "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."

Other reactions from former and current co-stars include Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad, who posted a brief message simply saying "I love you my friend."

Better Call Saul co-star Michael Mando added, "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." ~Paolo Maquiraya 

UPDATE: It's been confirmed that Bob Odenkirk suffered a heart attack on set, but he is in stable condition at a New Mexico hospital.

Reps for the actor released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon: "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."

Comments & Discussion

  1. Graham • 7/29/2021 12:15:14 PM

    Jeez, I hope he's going to be okay. I don't watch his show, but he was great in Nobody.

  2. miguel ramo • 7/29/2021 1:43:59 PM

    wish you the best and fast recovery it can be long but take it easy and you will recover faster than you think again best wishes for you and your loved ones

  3. miguel ramo • 7/29/2021 1:48:48 PM

    been there so I know how he feels right now but don loose hope I hope also there are no lscars left or any other symptoms invoved like loss of memory or loss of movilty in some extremities otherwise with some rehabilitation and good care plus love from your family should recover well fast and efficiently good wishes again take good care

  4. Caroline Medd • 7/29/2021 9:44:29 PM

    Wonder if he got the jab and this happened after?

  5. Caroline Medd • 7/29/2021 9:45:33 PM

    Wonder if he got the .... and this happened after?

  6. Jenn • 7/30/2021 5:25:43 AM

    Shut up Caroline Medd and your stupid antivaxx bullsh*t

  7. Chris • 7/30/2021 10:31:14 AM

    Valid question, Caroline. But I haven't heard of anyone having a heart attack due to the vaccine. And if he was working on a set, he probably had his two vaccines at least a month ago. Pretty much everyone I know had the second one a month or more ago, even teenagers.

  8. Liane • 7/31/2021 1:00:46 AM

    We watch your show all the time and enjoy it very much! We love you in it. I think you are an amazing actor. We’re so sorry to hear about your heart attack. Our thoughts and blessings go out to you and your family. Please take care of yourself and take all the time you need to recover. Your health is the most important thing. Blessings coming your way. ✨🙏🏻💕

  9. Steve Vise • 7/31/2021 1:16:26 PM

    Bob's 58, and working in that kind of heat for long hours is tough on a young man - pace yourself, Bob! Best wishes and hope you get back on your feet ASAP.

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