Charlie Sheen hospitalized in LA

Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:05pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Charlie Sheen, star of the most-watched comedy on U.S. television, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital with severe abdominal pains on Thursday, his spokesman said.

"All I know is, he was having severe abdominal pains and went to the hospital," Sheen's spokesman Stan Rosenfield said in a statement.

Rosenfield told Reuters that he had gone to the hospital to see the star of "Two and a Half Men" but was told the actor was sleeping. He added that Sheen's father, actor Martin Sheen, and his mother Janet Templeton, were on their way to the hospital.

Celebrity website said the actor's second wife Denise Richards was also at the hospital, where unspecified tests were being carried out on the actor.

It was the latest in a string of incidents in Sheen's personal life -- his assault conviction last year, stint in rehab, and recent reports of hard drinking, partying, and drug use -- that have caused concern for executives at broadcaster CBS, which airs "Two and a Half Men".

Sheen, 45, is the highest paid TV actor in Hollywood, and "Two and a Half Men" is No. 1 comedy on U.S. TV, raking in revenue for CBS and the show's makers at the Warner Bros. film and TV studio, a unit of Time Warner Inc. said Sheen was taken from his Los Angeles area home on a stretcher and rushed by ambulance to the hospital after a 911 emergency call was placed.

The website said the call followed a noisy party at Sheen's house on Wednesday night. Two women left the house as Sheen was taken out at 7 am on Thursday morning, TMZ said.

Earlier this month, executives at CBS said they were highly concerned about Sheen, but added that at work he behaved in a professional manner and that "Two and A Half Men" would continue. Sheen plays a womanizing bachelor on the comedy.   Continued...

<p>Actor Charlie Sheen gestures towards the media as he leaves the Pitkin County Courthouse after a sentencing hearing in Aspen, Colorado August 2, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>