Howard Stern’s former sidekick and troubled comedian, Artie Lange, is refusing aid from his closest Hollywood friends to help him beat his near fatal drug addiction. After being rushed to the hospital and getting emergency surgery, he was turning down offers from his A-list pals who pleaded with him to get some help. Click through Radar’s gallery for the shocking details of Lange’s brutal recovery problems.
Comedian and longtime friend Norm Macdonald reached out to Lange after his frightening collapse and hospitalization and offered him money to go to rehab, joking that if he couldn’t do it for himself he should do it for model Kate Upton. Macdonald was the first person to introduce Lange to Howard Stern and he was on the show for eight years. He never returned to the Stern show after attempting suicide in 2009.
Lange refused the offer from Macdonald, claiming that he was “all good” despite being hospitalized after his body was ravaged from years of hard-core drug use.
After his emergency surgery, Lange posted a picture wearing sunglasses and headphones and looking significantly better than he did over the weekend when he revealed drugs were destroying his body. “After Chicago gig I collapsed. I had emergency surgery. All the blow & H I've done for yrs blew hole in my nose & landed in my chest...”
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“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,” Lange told his Twitter followers on July 8, 2017.
He even admitted that he was in dire financial straits and would be back on the circuit in a few days in order to get paid. “Stay strong. need cash. So be out next week working again. Next chapter. If I'm not clean I'm gone. I love u. As for u death pool fucks-.”
Lange admitted that his health had taken a beating and would require continual care. “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.”
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