Prior to troubled "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen's trip to the hospital on Thursday with what were described as stomach pains, someone called his neighbors Dr. Paul Nassif and his wife, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Adrienne Maloof-Nassif, according to People.com.
"We did receive a call from Charlie's house this morning, asking for medical assistance and advice ... and immediately insisted the caller dial 911," the couple said. "Dr. Nassif also immediately called 911." A short time later, Sheen was rushed by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
"As longtime friends, we are obviously very concerned about his well-being," the couple added. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now and we wish him a speedy recovery."
The actor has not responded to the variety of salacious rumors about his activities in the days before his latest health crisis, but "Extra" quoted an unnamed source who spoke to Sheen in the hospital, who said the sitcom star told him, "I'm not dying."
TMZ described Sheen's ailment as a hiatal hernia in Sheen's stomach, a condition he's reportedly suffered from for several years and which causes "horrible, horrendous pain."
As for what caused the hernia, one of Charlie's pals, Steve Brodersen, told "Extra" that it was a preexisting condition that was exacerbated by Sheen laughing too hard at something he was watching on TV. It's possible Sheen could undergo surgery on Friday (January 28) to repair the hernia.
While doctors at Cedars are not discussing the case, Radar Online quoted an unnamed source close to the star as saying that "Charlie's red blood cell count was low and his white blood cell count was high" and that he was "not alert" and appeared dehydrated. A high white cell count could indicate an infection; Sheen recently suffered an ear infection.
Multiple outlets reported that sources close to Sheen denied that this latest incident was related to a drug overdose, but the actor was said to have been partying hard with a number of adult film stars at his Hollywood home for several days before the 911 call. One of the porn stars, Kacey Jordan, reportedly tweeted a provocative photo of herself from inside Sheen's home a short time before the star's collapse.
Neighbors say that Sheen had thrown a party the night before, where women were heard singing along to Red Hot Chili Peppers songs. The party went late into the night and into the early morning hours. Production of his hit CBS comedy is not expected to be affected by the hospital stay because the show is on hiatus this week.
Sheen was also hospitalized last October in New York. He reportedly stopped communicating with his sober coach, a therapist that aids with addiction recovery, shortly after the incident. "He has not heard from Charlie since he told him not to start New Year's Day!" a source told UsMagazine.com.