Tormented comedian Artie Lange was hospitalized after stabbing himself nearly ten times in an apparent suicide attempt, according to a published report that radio host Howard Stern discussed on air this morning.
While a clearly shaken Stern did not confirm the details of a Page Six report that said Lange repeatedly stabbed himself in an apparent attempt at suicide, Stern said they all knew about this and expressed great shock and sadness.
"I'm sorry. I just feel sick about this," Stern said on air, before deciding not to read the item, according to a Stern fan site. "I don't know what to do."
According to Page Six, Lange's mother discovered the comic in his Hoboken home bloodied by six self-inflicted hesitation wounds and three deep stab wounds on Saturday morning.
A person who answered the phone at Lange's agent's office offered a "no comment" on the Page Six report before hanging up the phone.
A grief-stricken Stern talked about the alleged suicide attempt for almost twenty minutes on his Sirius satellite program this morning and fans called in and offered their best wishes for the funnyman who won a loyal following after joining the Stern's radio team in 2001.
Stern said he's been aware of the situation, but chose not to discuss it on air at the request of the Lange family. The profane comic's deteriorating mental and physical health and his struggles with substance abuse have long been documented to great tragic-comic effect on the radio program.