Troubled U.S. actor Charlie Sheen was rushed to hospital Thursday with severe abdominal pains, his spokesman said after a reported "wild" party at his home outside Los Angeles.
The TMZ celebrity website said the 45-year-old actor -- nickname "Good Time Charlie" -- had suffered a hiatal hernia and quoted neighbors saying they heard loud partying, which had gone on for 36 hours, until early in the morning.
"He was having severe abdominal pains and went to the hospital," his spokesman told AFP, after TMZ reported that he was stretchered into an ambulance at 7:00 am (1500 GMT) and taken to the Cedars-Sinai hospital.
Asked about the hernia report, spokesman Stan Rosenfield added: "He has had a history of having this type of hernia, and the person who made the 911 call said he had severe stomach pains and said it was from a hernia condition."
TMZ, which earlier said the star was in "serious" condition, said a 911 call was made at 6:35 am, and that two young women were seen leaving at the same time while Sheen was taken out with a towel partially covering his face.
It later said Sheen was in the emergency room, sleeping, but quoted a hospital source as saying: "It's serious."
His actor father Martin Sheen and mother Janet Templeton were at the hospital, TMZ said.
Neighbors of the star, who lives north of LA, reported hearing women singing Red Hot Chili Peppers songs loudly into the early hours, TMZ said, reporting that he was believed to have been having a "wild" party with five women.
The star of sitcoms "Two and a Half Men" and "Spin City" filed for divorce from his wife of two years in November, days after being taken to hospital following a reported drunken incident in New York.
People and other entertainment magazines said the star, one of the best-paid TV actors, was hospitalized after causing serious damage to his room at the Plaza Hotel, where police found him drunk, naked and in the company of a woman.
Last August Sheen pleaded guilty to an assault charge arising from a violent Christmas Day altercation with his wife while vacationing at Aspen, Colorado, but avoided jail under a deal with prosecutors.
Sheen had several run-ins with the law in the 1990s in cases related to drugs, domestic violence and prostitution.
He has also been accused of assaulting his ex-wife actress Denise Richards, a former James Bond girl.
Sheen -- whose nicknames also include "The Machine" and "Chuckles" -- was born Carlos Irwin Estevez in New York on September 3, 1965. His father was just breaking into the acting business on Broadway at the time.
Charlie took an interest in acting at a young age, winning a small part in a TV movie at the age of nine. In 1977 he was in the Philippines when his dad suffered a near-fatal heart attack on the set of "Apocalypse Now."
He went to school in Santa Monica with Rob Lowe and Sean Penn, and while passionate about acting and baseball he was not good in the classroom and was expelled, according to his biography on the IMDb movie industry website.
His big break came in 1986 when he starred in Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning "Platoon," and the director cast him again in "Wall Street" the next year, alongside his father.
He subsequently fell out with Stone, but continued with a string of hits including "Young Guns" in 1988 and "Hot Shots!" in 1991. However by the mid-1990s his professional and personal life began to go off the rails.
In 1995, while testifying at the trial of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, he admitted to spending nearly $50,000 on 27 of Fleiss' $2,500-a-night prostitutes.
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