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Troubled Sheen rushed to hospital in stomach agony

HOLLYWOOD star Charlie Sheen has been rushed to hospital with severe abdominal pains.

The actor's publicist said Sheen has had a history of hernia problems and the unidentified woman who made the early morning emergency call on Sheen's behalf "said he had severe stomach pains and said it was from a hernia condition".

The 45-year-old actor was taken by ambulance to a Los Angeles hospital. There was no information about Sheen's diagnosis.

The Emmy-nominated star of sitcom Two And A Half Men has been dogged by personal problems and apparent health issues. This is his third spell in hospital in as many months.

Just last week, CBS officials said there was "a high level of concern" about his off-camera behaviour.