This is insanely sad.
Artie Lange appeared in a New Jersey courtroom on Friday over a probation violation, and the pictures and video are jarring, because his nose is totally deflated from drug use.
Lange has put his nose through hell thanks to years of snorting coke and heroin. One time he accidentally snorted GLASS while trying to hoover some smashed OxyContin tablets.
Artie was in court for failing a drug test a few months ago . . . and he also tested positive for cocaine at Friday's hearing. He said he'd done it 10 days earlier. But he also said he'd been off heroin for 41 days.
The judge gave him a break and told him to apply to "drug court," a program that offers rehab and supervision rather than hard time.
Later that night on Twitter, he admitted that he messed up, but he said, quote, "I'm never gonna give up. Don't u give up on me."