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Bob Odenkirk in stable condition after 'heart-related' collapse on 'Better Call Saul' set

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“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk is in stable condition after being hospitalized following a collapse on the show's New Mexico set Tuesday.

The "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" star's collapse was due to a "heart-related" issue, his representatives told USA TODAY in a statement Wednesday.

"(Odenkirk) 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 statement said. "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.”

"He's going to be okay," son Nate Odenkirk wrote on Twitter Wednesday of his father.

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The update prompted "Better Call Saul" star Michael McKean, who plays Odenkirk's brother, to respond, "Thanks, Nate. Love him up good, hear?"

McKean then tweeted, "We are all sharing a great big sigh of relief, right?"

AMC, the network of "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul," issued a statement late Wednesday supporting Odenkirk in his recovery.

“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," it said. "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.”

David Cross provided a more recent update to fans Friday about Odenkirk, who is "doing really well."

"Just got off the phone with Bob and he's doing great! Joking and japing and joshing. Both he and his family are overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and concern everyone has shown. You will be hearing from him soon," Cross tweeted.

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On Tuesday night, "Better Call Saul" crew members called an ambulance that took the 58-year-old actor to a hospital, a person close to Odenkirk who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter told The Associated Press.

"Better Call Saul," the spin-off prequel to "Breaking Bad," has been shooting its sixth and final season, which is set to air next year.

“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk is in stable condition after being hospitalized following a collapse on set Tuesday.
“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk is in stable condition after being hospitalized following a collapse on set Tuesday.

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Like "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul" is set in and mostly shot in Albuquerque.

Odenkirk has been nominated for four Emmys for playing the title character, a down-on-his-luck lawyer named Jimmy McGill who becomes increasingly corrupt and adopts the pseudonym Saul Goodman.

His "Breaking Bad" co-star Bryan Cranston shared a picture of the two on Instagram Wednesday and asked for thoughts and prayers for his friend.

"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 wrote, noting Odenkirk's condition is not known to the public yet. "Please take a moment in your day today to think about him and send positive thoughts and prayers his way, thank you."

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Aaron Paul, another "Breaking Bad" co-star, also posted to Instagram and simply wrote: "I love you my friend."

Cross posted on Twitter that "Bob is one of the strongest people I know both physically and spiritually. He WILL get through this."

Odenkirk's hospitalization was first reported by TMZ.

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

He has won two Emmys, 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.”

Contributing: Amy Haneline, The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Bob Odenkirk collapse: 'Better Call Saul' actor in stable condition

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