Former Charlie Sheen Aide Dies Boozy Death
Rick Calamaro, 46, found dead in LA apartment
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2012 11:32 PM CDT
Updated Jul 3, 2012 12:28 AM CDT
Insiders claimed Calamaro was a bad influence on Sheen.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Charlie Sheen's former assistant Rick Calamaro has been found the way some people feared Sheen himself might end up during his meltdown last year—dead and surrounded by drugs and alcohol. The 46-year-old club promoter had been dead for a few days when police found him in his Los Angeles apartment, close to "numerous pain medications and an open bottle of alcohol," sources tell TMZ.

Calamaro, one of Sheen's closest friends, was his personal assistant from the summer of 2010 until November 2011, and is believed to have been present during the actor's notorious drug-fueled hotel-trashing rampage in 2010. Some insiders blamed Calamaro for Sheen's wild behavior, and suspected that he had been supplying the actor with drugs, notes the New York Daily News. Sheen, whose new comedy Anger Management set a cable ratings record with its debut Sunday night, has yet to comment on the death.