Howard Stern’s sidekick Artie Lange hospitalized after suicide attempt

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Stand-up comic, published author and co-star of The Howard Stern radio show Artie Lange was quietly rushed to the hospital Sunday night. At that time, there was no further explanation and Stern remained tight-lipped about it on his show. But now, Page Six is reporting that the troubled comedian, who has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, gambling addiction and depression, tried to commit suicide by cutting himself nine times.

Troubled comic Artie Lange landed in the hospital after stabbing himself nine times in an apparent suicide attempt, sources told The Post. Lange’s frantic mom called 911 Saturday morning after she entered his Hoboken apartment and found the bloodied funnyman, a law-enforcement source said. Lange sustained six “hesitation wounds” and three deep plunges. A source close to Lange’s management team confirmed that the Howard Stern sidekick stabbed himself, adding that his mother had come to visit him that day to drop off food. Surgeons managed to save Lange despite heavy bleeding. “We all have our demons,” Stern said on-air this week, referring to Lange’s past battles with addiction. “Artie has given this show tremendous moments of great comedy. He’s a tremendous contributor. He is a good man. Don’t forget how great he is.”

[From Page Six]

Lange is a textbook example of a “Crying on the inside” comedian. Love him or hate him, this is pretty darn sad. Stabbing yourself is a desperate act, indicative of someone at the end of their rope. Anyone who listens to the show knows that Artie has been in a bad way for quite some time, but hasn’t been ready to do the work needed to stay off drugs, treat his depression and take better care of himself. At least, not for more than a couple of weeks at a time. I hope he takes some time off and focuses on his mental and physical health.

Artie Lange outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre on August 24, 2009, and performing in Florida on January 16, 2009. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Just a Poster says:

    This is very sad. Hopefully now he can get better.

  2. sillypeople says:

    awh artie! This breaks my heart!! Your soo funny!! Its sad what drugs & alcohol will do to you!!

  3. Praise St. Angie! says:

    I love Artie, regardless of his problems.

    yes, he’s an addict, but unlike some (Lohan) he’s worked very hard to get where he is (despite the addictions), doesn’t make excuses for his addictions and doesn’t blame his behavior on anything BUT his addictions.

    he’s amazingly funny and (as Stern/Givens both said) a wonderfully nice person and good friend.

    I hope he’s going to be OK.

  4. Firestarter says:

    ITA Praise.

    I have always loved him. I have also heard from various things I have read as well, that he is a very generous and nice friend.

    Hope he can get well and move on with his life.

    Suicide is not the way to go. Things can and do always get better. I hope he has some people around him to help him in this terrible time.

  5. Kiki says:

    I thought that was John Belushi in the picture!
    Poor Artie – I hope he gets his act together.

  6. pd says:

    i love artie and i hope he recovers.

  7. sayrah says:

    I heard a rumor about this earlier this week and hoped it wasn’t true. It’s very sad and I wish him a long recovery. It’s really what he needs to get himself together.

  8. JadedJudy says:

    This is sad. Imagine how depressed you would have to be to actually stab yourself 9 times! I hope this is a turning point for him.

  9. Carey says:

    I think the fact that people actually find him funny is indicitive of the sub-par quality of reader’s this site gets.

    I do, however, wish him well. I can’t even bein to think about how much pain you would have to be in on the inside to do something so violent to yourself.

  10. lilred says:

    Carey, I really enjoy the way you can analyze people as being sub-par for their comments.If that’s the case you sure aren’t genius status.

  11. jen says:

    “the sub-par quality of reader’s this site gets.”

    “readers” – the plural of reader is readers.

    This is very sad. I am not a fan of this guy but to do something that desperate…wow. I hope he gets help.

  12. Jojo says:

    Stabbed himself 9 times – 6 hesitation wounds and 3 deep ones. This guy has some major issues with self-loathing and chronic drug abuse. I hope that he can come out of this OK but I don’t think he will. I have a feeling he’ll just go deeper and deeper down until they find him dead. Sad!

  13. Fire says:

    @Carey – If you are going to put down the readers of this site for being “sub-par” you might want to check your spelling first. It’s “readers” not “reader’s” and “begin” not “bein” and “indicative” not “indicitive.”

    Also, I guess you are knockin yourself too – you read this site, right?

    P.S. I think Artie is funny too.

  14. Praise St. Angie! says:

    our resident “quality of person” judge also misspelled “indicative”.

    whatever…he/she/it probably likes comedians more along the lines of Dane Cook.

  15. wow says:

    This is sad. I listen to Howard’s show off and on for years now and this is sad to hear, but not shocking. I feel for the guy though.

  16. Firestarter says:

    @ Carey- Oh well, thank you for the compliment!

    But might I ask, and remember, I ask because I am sub-par, aren’t you also knocking yourself. It would seem this site attracted you as well.

  17. Praise St. Angie! says:

    Firestarter FOR THE WIN! ;)

  18. DoMaJoReMc says:

    Is CAREY actually DIVA? DIVA has been MIA for a couple of days (probably working on her ‘perfect size 0′ ), and I predicted that DIVA would be re-born with a new posting name. Hmmmmmmm!

    With regards to the story at hand, I feel for anyone who is desperate enough to think that death is better than life. Of all his friends that are appalled by this sad turn of events, there must be SOMEONE who will help him. Elton John can do it for Eminem, why can’t Artie’s friends pull through and do the same for him. All these entertainers/friends should put their money and friendship where there mouths are. GOD BLESS, AND BE WELL, ARTIE!

  19. Melanie says:

    I’m usually not into nitpicking about a poster’s spelling errors,but if you’re going to brand a bunch of people sub-par, proof-read your post a little better. One typo is okay, but three errors in two sentences….Talk about sub-par.

  20. nj says:

    This is horrible. Artie Lange is an uproariously funny man. Watch his movie Beer League, which is one of the funniest films ever made. It is not for the faint of heart but it is a gem. It is Artie in top form playing himself and being totally lovable. Now I do not like most recently rewritten comedies because I think they stink and I won’t watch dumb humor (ie most Adam Sandler flicks). Beer League is smartly written and acted, will make you cover your mouth but its classic. But it will make you feel sad because Artie is so very likeable.

    There are many celebs I really don’t care about; you can’t save some of these people. However, I will be saying a novena for Artie Lange; that he beats these demons. Be well, Artie. May all the angels and saints watch over you.

  21. pd says:

    ha ha “sub-par”. baba booey!

  22. jaundicemachine says:

    9 times?!
    So sad. I hope Artie finds peace with inner demons.

  23. GatsbyGal says:

    Wow, what a way to try and kill yourself. I’ve always thought he would end in a blaze of drugs and booze, found by the toilet the next day or something. Stabbing yourself to death? How Nero of him.

    But seriously, I hope he gets himself well. Maybe this is the wakeup call he needs. Or maybe there’s no saving him and he’ll just try again next week. We’ll see.

  24. MonicaBee says:

    I have listened to Stern for years, and happily pay my Sirius subscription fees every month. The people on that show have become a part of my daily life. It took a lot not to cry on the way to work this morning when I heard what Artie had done, although it was not totally shocking. He’d not been to the show for several weeks prior, and given his history it was easy to assume why.

    That being said, I hope Artie is a able to work himself out somehow. I cannot imagine what it feels like to be so down on yourself, even with family, friends and several million satellite radio subscribers that offer their support.

    My thoughts and best wishes for physical and mental recovey are with Artie and his family. We love you, big guy.

  25. Neelyo says:

    I am sorry to hear that he still hasn’t gotten help because he’s needed it for a long time. I started listening to the show when Artie was transitioning from guest to regular on the Howard Stern Show and his troubles were the subject of humor though very real. But I must say that he had a virulent homophobic streak that ruined all of his humor for me. It wasn’t just immature, it was cruel.

  26. S.V. says:

    I love Artie. I think that he was a great addition to the Stern show. I hope that he gets the treatment the he really needs.

  27. Pete says:

    Hate him, but wouldn’t wish that on anyone–with the exception of child rapists (I’m looking at you, Polanski).

  28. GracieXDoes says:

    “I am sorry to hear that he still hasn’t gotten help because he’s needed it for a long time.”

    I think it’s hard for people with mental illness & addiction issues to reach out for help because there is such a stigma attached. Once people realize that these conditions are diseases of the body just like cancer or diabetes, maybe people will begin to be more proactive in these types of health issues.

    Don’t know Artie, but it is too sad when someone feels the only way to overcome is to take their own life. =(

  29. MooMooMooMooMoo. says:

    @GracieXDoes so true what you say, also once you really acknowledge it there’s no going back in some ways. People will be watching your every move which isn’t nice.
    Poor dude. Mental/emotional pain can be seriously excrutiating and it’s invisible to the outside world, so you’re locked in this tortured mental state with no way out. If you were being physically tortured you’d probably wanna off yourself too.
    :/

  30. coucou says:

    I have a feeling that if Artie would read Carey’s inane comment, as well as the snap responses, he’d probably get a laugh out of it. Especially the snap responses. I’d love to see you in the ring with Stern on this one, Carey!

  31. Vixenella says:

    That is so sad that is is disturbing!

  32. CB Rawks says:

    Love you, Artie. Hang in there, feel better. Things really can get better.