Ex funny man on the Howard Stern Show, Artie Lange is in a downward spiral and collapsed Friday night in Chicago after a show and needed emergency surgery. Artie 49, tweeted that “After Chicago gig I collapsed. All the blow & H I’ve done for yrs blew hole in my nose & landed in my chest… “It was infected. I was hours from checkin out. They ripped open my chest and got it all. I cheated the devil for the hundredth time.” Later Artie tweeted “Now I’m laying in the hospital w tubes in a hole in my chest. They put a permanent IV line in my arm to my heart for long term antibiotics.” Artie also said that “I’m an ox, so something keeps me here. If u fans come up to me on drugs plan on a fight. Pls be strong. My life should be great.”
Artie Lange was arrested in March of this year for heroin and cocaine possession and then failed to appear in court. Reportedly, he has been suffering from depression and addiction for many years with at least two suicide attempts. Sadly, Artie tweeted again to fans “Stay strong. need cash. So be out next week working again. Next chapter. If I’m not clean I’m gone. I love u.” and then added “As McQueen says at the end of Papillon “Hey you bastards?! I’m still here!”
It’s sad when everyone can see the writing on the wall of what is to become of Mr. Lange. It’s up to him to pull himself out of the spiral that he is in and this time it’s no laughing matter. No one can help this man but himself, he has to want it. If this health crisis doesn’t scare him then nothing will. Prayers for a healthy recovery Mr. Lange.
Written by Cheryl S
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