Bob Odenkirk, the actor best known for playing Saul Goodman in the television show Breaking Bad, is currently stable after he experienced a “heart-related incident” on Tuesday, confirmed his representatives.
The 58-year-old actor collapsed on set when he was shooting for the sixth and final season of Better Call Saul, the spin-off of Breaking Bad, in New Mexico and had to be rushed to the hospital.
“We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart-related incident,” the actor’s representatives said in a statement on Wednesday. “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, wrote on social media on Wednesday that his father is “going to be okay.”
Odenkirk’s Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston took to Instagram on Wednesday and said the news of his friend’s collapse made him anxious. He further wrote that Odenkirk was hospitalised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and requested his followers to keep the actor in their thoughts.
Better Call Saul is set in 2002, six years before the character’s debut in Breaking Bad, in 2009. It follows attorney Saul Goodman’s journey to become a successful lawyer. The show has earned Odenkirk four Primetime Emmy Award nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category.
Both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul premiered on AMC, and are among the most prized franchises of Sony Pictures Television.
“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,” AMC said in a statement.
While there is no official word on the production of Better Call Saul, The Hollywood Reporter said the show is currently halted as everyone remains focused on Odenkirk’s health. The actor is also one of the producers of the show.
Odenkirk was last seen in the 2021 film Nobody that released in theatres in the US to positive reviews.