Stand up comic and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor Richard Lewis tweeted a heart wrenching statement Thursday.
“Artie, this is my 1000th request over decades to beg you to surrender to your addictions,” Lewis wrote. “We had the most laughs sober. I love you. You’re beloved and a magnificent comedian cursed with self loathing and fear. Give it up and live.”
Patton Oswalt chimed in with Lewis, replying to the tweet: “What Richard said. Come ON, Artie.”
What Richard said. Come ON, Artie. https://t.co/YcKpn6NC7G
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 10, 2019
“Please, please listen to Richard,” wrote “The Big Bang Theory” actor Brian Posehn. “I really don’t want to have to tweet about how fucking funny you were and how sad it is you’re gone any time super soon.”
Seriously @artiequitter, please, please listen to Richard. As a fellow comic, I really don’t want to have to tweet about how fucking funny you were and how sad it is you’re gone any time super soon. We all love you alive, man. https://t.co/NFhAD8uWBE
— Brian Posehn (@thebrianposehn) January 7, 2019
Lange’s “MADtv” co-star Mo Collins, “Final Destination” actor Devon Sawa and Jackie Martling, who starred in the Howard Stern written “Private Parts,” also replied to the thread with support and stories of their own struggles with addiction.
Lange has long been under scrutiny for his struggle with addiction, which has resulted in canceled standup routines and a suicide attempt in 2010, a year after he was fired from “The Howard Stern Show.” The ensuing public feud between Stern and Lange came after the disgraced comedian issued a series of outbursts on Twitter including a threat to release the radio host’s private number on Twitter. It was reported that Stern had tried to help Lange by placing him in rehab to combat cocaine, heroin and alcohol abuse, but ultimately Lange was not able to stay sober enough to remain on Stern’s show.
In December, Lange himself took to Twitter to release a photo of his badly deformed nose, due to decades of cocaine use.
This is it but I believe her nose had a septum and had not been hideously deformed due to over 3 decades of drug abuse. pic.twitter.com/U2LmcnpI4B
— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) December 25, 2018
A week prior, Lange had explained his narrow escape from jail time after testing positive for cocaine at his court hearing.
That’s a prison that for now I’m out of. It’s also the reason I’m not in jail. The judge and Prosecutor were unbelievably compassionate. I’m not high. So I see it clearly now. They wanna save my life. 10 days ago when I left rehab I had to touch the flame. I used Cocaine…
— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) December 14, 2018
Howard Stern has not yet commented on the Twitter Thread.
YES!! We love you @artiequitter xo
— themocollins (@THEMOCOLLINS) January 10, 2019
Sober for 12 years. My life changed. Things just keep getting better and better and better…..
— devon sawa (@DevonESawa) January 10, 2019
coming up to 18 years in May. in early 2001 I’d have laughed at the idea of not drinking for 18 *days.* Art, I know you know the laughs are just as hearty on this side. I love you and am of course 100% in your very crowded corner.
— Jackie Martling (@JackieMartling) January 8, 2019