1/07/2010

Artie Lange....

It’s a weird thing with celebrities. Some of them you see or hear so much of that you could almost regard them as someone you know.

That’s kind of the way I think of the members of the Howard Stern show. The Stern show is unique in that, while they are celebrities of sorts, they also have five hours of airtime to fill each day. To fill the time around the guests, it seems little is off limits for discussion. I know Howard’s new cat is named Apple. I know about JD’s huge pimple. I know everyone thinks Benji fingered his date at the office Christmas party. I know more about the Stern show staffers than I know about some of the people I work with.

Still, it was a shock this morning to turn the radio on and hear that Artie Lange had been hospitalized. Artie has been on indefinite leave from the show since mid-December, with Howard being uncustomarily tight-lipped about the reason for Artie’s absence. I assumed Artie’s absence had to do with his mental health. Last year he took several days off as he dealt with depression over having lived past the age at which his father died.

When I heard Artie had been hospitalized this past weekend, I assumed it was drug-related. I never would have imagined it was because he had tried to take his own life. But the New York Post, citing unnamed sources, reported that Artie had “landed in the hospital after stabbing himself nine times in an apparent suicide attempt.”

It’s a weird thing with celebrities. I don’t know Artie Lange at all, but I’ve heard him talk about so much of his life that I could almost regard him as someone I know. My thoughts are with Artie and his family.

Darkness on the Edge of Town.mp3

*Picture note: This was taken at Artie’s book signing just after “Too Fat to Fish” was released last year. Neither of us are looking particularly spectacular....



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5 Comments:

At 12:00 AM , Blogger Cohnhead in the Clouds said...

I feel the same way, bro. Hope Artie gets his shit together and gets back in the chair soon.

 
At 2:53 AM , Blogger mortytoad said...

I haven't listened to the show in ages, this is really sad news. All the best to 'ya , Artie.

 
At 11:50 AM , Blogger Pete at Ickmusic said...

I agree, Aiken. I'm a daily listener, and I feel closer to the gang on Howard than I do with some people in my life. I really miss Artie's commentary, particularly when it came to making fun of annoying guests. It sure feels like he won't be coming back though. Sad. Hope he makes a full recovery and kicks his demons to the curb once and for all...

 
At 4:34 PM , Blogger Honest Abe said...

As cliche as this may sound I hope something good can come out of this and Artie gets the help he obviously needs. He's so incredibly funny, I know I miss listening to him everyday.

 
At 3:18 PM , Blogger Jim Bauer said...

I was more shocked by Stern's reaction to the news coming out. I mean, I totally get that Artie's personal life is just that, personal. I totally get that Stern and Lange are friends, and friends want to protect friends. But when you're in the public eye, especially when something of this magnitude happens, it's bound to get into the public no matter what.

I feel bad for the both of them, and the story is troubling and shocking at the same time. But I'm surprised at Stern.

 

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