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Comedian Artie Lange Posts Photo Of 'Hideously Deformed' Nose, The Result Of Decades Of Drug Use
“I don’t look at it as a disease. I think it’s a weakness,” Lange has said of his addiction.
Comedian Artie Lange, known for his work on “Mad TV” and “The Howard Stern Show,” made a not-so-funny post on Christmas Day, sharing a photo of his flattened nose which he described as "hideously deformed" after decades of drug abuse.
It hasn't been a good 2018 for Lange, who lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Just a few weeks before the somber Christmas post, Lange, 51, tested positive for cocaine while on probation for heroin possession, according to NJ.com. He was spared jail time and the judge ordered him to drug court, instead.
In social media posts, Lange appears to be facing up to the fact that he'll either get clean or end up in jail.
Christmas didn't mark the first time the comedian posted a photo of his nose. Earlier this month he posted a similar, jarring photo on Twitter, stating “My nose is f--ked. Gotta accept it. But I’m alive & blessed w a gig 2nite & many more.”
According to NJ.com, Lange’s nose is the result of snorting cocaine and heroin for years, in addition to an incident in which he allegedly accidentally snorted glass.
On Dec. 17, he posted a photo of his septum-less nose again and stated, “My nose looks like it got hit w 32 yrs of gambling drugs booze strippers Whores. Good women Bad women Loved ones dying. Loved ones leaving stand up Comedy The road Movies TV radio books /dreams coming true. Dreams not /anger jails rehabs mental wards detoxes cigarettes & fun.”
In 2017, he tweeted that he needed emergency surgery after “all the blow & H I've done for yrs blew hole in my nose & landed in my chest.”
In an interview with NJ.com, he said he didn't think of his addiction "as a disease. I think it’s a weakness.”