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Howard Stern's sharp-tongued sidekick Artie Lange stabbed himself nine times in the gut with a 13-inch Wolfgang Puck kitchen knife in a violent attempt to take his own life, police said.
Hoboken Police Detective Mark Competello said Lange's mother found him on the floor of his waterfront home on Saturday.
Competello said the 42-year-old comedian was unconscious but breathing after plunging the knife repeatedly into his abdominal area, the Associated Press reported. Lange was taken to Jersey City Medical Center.
Competello said doctors cleaned the stab wounds and operated, and that Lange has been released.
Earlier in the week, Stern spoke out about his troubled friend on his Sirius XM radio program, but didn't reveal the reason for Lange's emergency hospital visit.
"We all have our demons," Stern said, referring to Lange's past battles with addiction.
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."
Stern, who has hosted the controversial radio program, "The Howard Stern Show," on Sirius since January 2006, also denied that Lange was quitting the show and being replaced by Jim Breuer.
Lange had been mysteriously absent from the radio talk show in the days prior to the company's holiday break.
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