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ARTIE LANGE RUSHING TO BE FIRST CELEBRITY DEATH OF 2010
January 3 2010
Newark, NJ – Celebrity is a fickle thing, embracing some, rejecting others, and leaving many with a series of highs and lows. Some people, rare people, reach a level of celebrity that ensures that their name will live on forever, William Shakespeare for
example, or Michael Jackson. No matter the field in which they practice, certain people have an effect on society and culture that is so profound and so affecting that their names are remembered for generations after their deaths.
Artie Lange is not one of those people. The partially popular comedian has made a name for himself as one of the original cast members of MADtv, bit parts in poorly received movies, and as a sidekick on ‘The Howard Stern Radio Show’. It is that latter role which has vaulted Lange into the public’s consciousness, reaching millions of people daily, and putting his life and excesses on public display. It is those excesses which have now apparently landed Lange in the hospital once again. Though details haven’t been released, Lange has made a career out of putting his overeating, drug addiction, and alcoholism on display for all to see. Now, in his effort to secure his long term standing in the celebrity world, Lange is apparently rushing to be the first celebrity death of the New Year.
“I can confirm that Artie is in the hospital. Artie has chosen to keep all information on this matter between him and his doctor. There will be no further comment,” said a representative for Lange to TMZ after his hospitalization.
Lange has been absent from his role on the Stern show for the last few weeks and speculation that he has been replaced on the program has been rampant though now much of the attention has been turned towards Lange’s survival.
“Artie has had a lot of trouble in, well over the last couple of decades, and he’s made no secret of his struggles with those issues. They have caused a lot of problems at the show as well and been a serious source of frustration for Howard and the rest of the staff, despite the amount of good material they have provided.
Ultimately though his issues have interfered with his ability to do his job and that hurts the show,” said a Stern insider. “I mean we all want the best for Artie and Howard personally has a great deal of affection for him, but it’s really gotten to a point where it’s unmanageable and the best thing is for him to get himself right. Everyone at the show hopes that he will come out of this hospitalization happy and healthy but given his history we are all fearing for the worst, though it would be great for his career.”
Michael Jackson’s death last year caused a massive spike in album sales and resulted in a hit movie, none of which would be possible had he continued to live.
“Artie Lange will never be Elvis but there’s limits to his earning potential especially if he has indeed left or been booted from Stern. That was his platform and his big paycheque and without that, well he might as well be dead,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “The way celebrities have been going of late he’s going to have a hard go of it being the first but being put into hospital so early into the New Year is certainly a good sign. Hopefully he will be able to make it before someone really big dies, for the good of his career anyway.”
Three days into 2010 no major celebrities have yet passed into the great beyond.
Samantha Dryden, Entertainment Correspondent