Thursday, January 07, 2010

Artle Lange's Attempted Suicide

Good thoughts go out to comedian Artie Lange of the Howard Stern show. Today the NYPost reports:

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."

This is not Lange's first suicide attempt. The obese comedian has spoken candidly about his addictions to cocaine and, recently, heroin. Unfortunately, Lange's "demons" were often made the butt of Stern's caustic comedy. In retrospect, Artie's existential battle with food and sex and drug addiction were not legitimate objects of comedy. Last year Vanessa Grigoriades profiled him in Rolling Stone. “You’d expect that someone like him, when they’re out on the road, after the show is like ‘Right on’ and runs around and gets totally wasted and picks up some hooker,” Grigorides says. "But what really goes on is that he goes back to his hotel room, gets high and hangs out by himself and stays up all night. And that’s very scary. That’s a stage of drug use that’s linked to depression.”

We wish him luck in his road to recovery.

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