'Laughing Too Hard' Lands Sheen in Hospital
Studio execs hoping to get star into rehab
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2011 5:43 AM CST
Charlie Sheen waves as he arrives at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen, Colo. last summer.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

(Newser) – Charlie Sheen was hospitalized yesterday morning with a hernia, an injury a friend says was caused by laughing too hard at the TV. According to TMZ, however, the hard-partying Two and a Half Men star had been smoking cocaine and critiquing porn videos with porn star friends during a 36-hour bender, making "laughing too hard" sound a lot like a euphemism. His neighbors, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Dr. Paul Nassif and Adrienne Maloof-Nassif, were the ones who called 911.

Even before the hospitalization, Warner Bros execs had been looking for a trigger that would help them get Sheen into rehab, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter. The star is reportedly resisting the idea, and studio heads are willing to shut the show down to get him some professional help. "They are all afraid Charlie will end up dead," one talent rep close to the show says. "It is literally day by day." (Click to read what Men co-star Jon Cryer has to say about working with Sheen.)