January 7, 2010
Artie Lange Hospitalized
The New York Post reported today that Artie Lange is hospitalized after attempting suicide:
Artie is supremely talented—a guaranteed laugh on the way to work. My heart and prayers g out to him and his family.
I Googled a bit and found that self-stabbing is a rare form of suicide, and particularly troubling. One study reported that most stabbers are male (70 percent) and the vast majority to not succeed in killing themselves. All of them are intoxicated at the time of the attempted self-stabbing. The 1994 study found that self-stabbers fell into two groups:
Artie, from what I’ve heard over the years, sounds like he could belong to either group.
Howard spoke about Artie today for the first time since break. He refused to go into detail. He was walking that line he often comes up against when he finds himself treating a personal or show matter completely differently than he would if it happened to another celebrity, or someone he actually didn’t like. Double standard? Absolutely—and he makes no apology. One of Howard’s quality is that he’s an experienced and mature broadcaster, well-aware of what the real limits of propriety are. They have nothing to do with dick jokes or naughty words or fart sounds, as the FCC would have it. They have to do with how you treat those around you—and Howard seems to know how to do that like a real mench.
Artie: good luck. Find Jesus or a good shrink or Britt Hume or a great prescription or whatever—you will get better, you will keep being funny, you will love and laugh and eat canoli again.