A police detective said Friday that self-inflicted stab wounds put Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange in a New Jersey hospital.
Hoboken Police Detective Mark Competello said Lange’s mother found him on the floor of his waterfront home on Saturday. According to Competello, the 42-year-old comedian was unconscious but breathing after stabbing himself with a 13-inch Wolfgang Puck kitchen knife.
Lange was taken to Jersey City Medical Center. Competello said doctors cleaned nine abdominal knife wounds and operated. He said Lange has been released.
According to a New York Post Page Six source, Lange suffered six “hesitation wounds” and three deep plunges. The source added that the trouble comedian underwent surgery and was saved despite severe bleeding.
On Thursday, Howard Stern talked about Lange’s long battle with drug addiction, saying, “We all have our demons. Artie has given this show tremendous moments of great comedy. He’s a tremendous contributor. He is a good man. Don’t forget how great he is.”
Lange has been absent from the radio show in recent weeks, having left on an indefinite hiatus earlier in December.