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Comedian Artie Lange is hospitalized

“The Howard Stern Show” regular has been absent from the radio show in recent weeks, having left on an indefinite hiatus earlier in December.
/ Source: msnbc.com news services

Artie Lange has been hospitalized, a rep for the star confirmed.

“We can confirm that Artie is in the hospital,” the rep said in a statement. “Artie has chosen to keep all information on this matter between him and his doctor. There will be no further comment.”

“The Howard Stern Show” regular has been absent from the radio show in recent weeks, having left on an indefinite hiatus earlier in December. On Monday’s show, Stern said Lange isn’t leaving the program and called him “a tremendous contributor.”

Lange,42, who lives in Hoboken, N.J., has battled drug addiction. In September, a New Jersey judge revoked his driving privileges for seven months after he admitted he was under the influence of prescribed sleeping pills in a minor traffic accident.

The Associated Press and Access Hollywood contributed to this report.