Report: Stern Sidekick Artie Lange Attempts Suicide; Stabbed Self 9 Times

Jan. 7 2010, Published 9:01 a.m. ET

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Comedian and radio personality Artie Lange stabbed himself nine times in a suicide attempt, which left the portly funnyman in a New Jersey hospital.

Lange, according to the NY Post, was found by his mother in his Hoboken, New Jersey apartment Saturday, who then called 911. He had sustained six "hesitation wounds," the paper reported, and three deep plunges.

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Lange -- who has been a member of The Howard Stern Show since former head writer Jackie Martling left in 2001 -- has candidly discussed his extended bouts of depression; a prior suicide attempt; sadness over an accident that paralyzed and eventually killed his father; and his battles with Heroin addiction during various broadcasts, as well as in his 2008 book, Too Fat To Fish.

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The Beer League star, often compared to self-destructive comics such as Chris Farley and John Belushi, has missed extended time on the show since mid-December.

On his radio show Thursday, Stern told listeners he wishes Artie well, but hasn't spoken to him, according to Mark', a show fan site. Stern said if Artie wants to talk to him, then he'll call him, and that he believes Artie will be able to call him at some point.

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