Artie Lange Undergoes Emergency Surgery, Says “If I’m Not Clean, I’m Gone”

Taking to Twitter on Friday night, comedian revealed that he had nearly died a week prior. During a series of Twitter posts that were apparently made from a hospital bed, Lange said that he collapsed after leaving the stage of Chicago’s Thalia Hall last Saturday. He was rushed to the hospital were he underwent emergency surgery for an infection in his chest (a result of his years of drug abuse, Lange said), an infection which the doctor told him would have killed most others. The harrowing ordeal seems to have encouraged Lange to clean up his act for good, with the comic saying “I’m done bullshitting” and that he hopes to move on to the “next chapter.”

In one of his tweets, Lange says that he’ll be back on the road “next week,” though it’s unclear if he’ll actually be fit to perform by then. His Twitter account continues to promote his upcoming dates at Turning Stone and Carnegie Library Music Hall next month.

You can check out the entire string of tweets below. Get well soon Artie!

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