Bob Odenkirk says he lost his memory for a short time after his heart attack on the "Better Call Saul" set last year.
Odenkirk told fans about the experience during a panel for the show's final season at PaleyFest LA.
The actor also thanked fans for their words of kindness and support last year.
During a panel for the final season of "Better Call Saul," Bob Odenkirk took a moment to thank his fans for all of their support, love, and well wishes as he recovered from a heart attack on set of the AMC series last July.
"You treated me like I was a real angel, which blew my mind, when I finally got my mind back," Odenkirk told a crowd of fans on Saturday evening at PaleyFest LA during a screening and Q&A with the show's co-creator, Peter Goulding, and cast.
Insider was in attendance as, at the panel's start, Odenkirk shared that he lost his memory for a short time after suffering a small heart attack while filming an episode for the final sixth season of the "Breaking Bad" prequel in New Mexico.
Odenkirk said he wasn't thinking straight or remembering things for a little over a week as he was recovering.
"I called my kids every day for about a week and a half to say, 'Do you see this thing that people talked about me, on Twitter?'" Odenkirk recalled of the outpouring of positive social media messages that were sent his way.
The actor, who plays lawyer Saul Goodman on both "BCS" and "Breaking Bad," said his son and daughter, Nate and Erin Odenkirk, would have to remind him they previously shared that information with him.
"It was really funny," Odenkirk said, making light of the situation. "It took me a while to kind of notice or to even know what happened because I don't remember that whole week and even sort of the day after I got home. So it was about eight days, eight-and-a-half days where I don't have any memory."
He added: "It kind of came back a little bit every day."
Rhea Seehorn, who plays Goodman's wife, Kim Wexler, on the series, said that during that time, Odenkirk's wife played a little prank on him.
"Luckily, his wife has an even better sense of humor than him," Seehorn told the crowd. "The fabulous Naomi Odenkirk videotaped him not remembering things and we died laughing the whole time."
"Every day, he'd read the Framley Examiner article that they did as an ode to him," Seehorn continued, speaking of a parody British newspaper. "He read it like it was brand new and just got it every day."
Odenkirk recalled to The New York Times how he turned "bluish-gray" and collapsed in front of costars Rhea Seehorn and Patrick Fabian last summer. He laid on the ground with no pulse at one point and was zapped three times with a defibrillator.
Seehorn recounted the events of the day for the PaleyFest LA crowd, saying they were filming a scene for about 12 hours and she and Fabian happened to be with Odenkirk as he was watching a Cubs' game. The actors lived together for most of the season.
Seehorn said she was thankful that he didn't go to his trailer and that they were with him "or he wouldn't be here."
"It was scary," Odenkirk said at PaleyFest.
When asked how he's doing now, the actor said he's "feeling great now."
"They cleaned out my heart," the 59-year-old said, adding, "I think I'm in better shape than I've been in for a while."
During the discussion, Odenkirk added that while he knows people usually harp on social media as "a place of evil," his accident brought some positive.
"In this moment, in this chapter of my life, it was a place of incredible warmth and love and support," Odenkirk said. "And I can't believe it. It blew my mind and it still does. It will resonate with me for the rest of my life and thank you for your feelings and everything you shared."
Later, during the panel, Odenkirk added: "This is a momentous season and that was almost the most important thing that happened."
"Better Call Saul" returns to AMC with two new episodes on April 18 at 9 p.m. ET. The episodes will also be available to stream on AMC+.
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