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Rep: Hernia causes Charlie Sheen's medical emergency

By Alan Duke, CNN
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Fearing the worst for Charlie Sheen
  • NEW: Sheen has suffered from a hernia for "some time," his rep says
  • Sheen's rep says he suffered "severe abdominal pains"
  • Three months ago Sheen was rushed to a New York hospital

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Actor Charlie Sheen was in "stable" condition after being taken by ambulance from his home to a Los Angeles hospital for severe pain, related to a hernia Thursday morning, his representative said.

"Charlie has had a hernia condition for some time," representative Stan Rosenfield said. "I was told by the person who made the 911 call that it was hernia-related."

Reporters and paparazzi converged on Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after reports hit the internet that Sheen was at the emergency room there Thursday morning. The hospital refused to give any information about the actor, giving rising to rampant media speculation about Sheen's condition.

Tensions eased later in the day when Rosenfield announced that his client was in stable condition and was being treated for the hernia.

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A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman confirmed that an emergency medical unit was called to an address off Mulholland Drive, believed to be Sheen's home, at 6:35 a.m. Thursday. A federal privacy law prohibits the release of more information, he said.

This is the second emergency trip to a hospital for Sheen in three months.

He spent several hours in a New York hospital in October after police responded to an early morning call about "an emotionally disturbed person" at The Plaza Hotel, a law enforcement source said at the time. Sheen's representative blamed an "adverse allergic reaction" to a medication for the hospitalization.

Sheen, the son of actor Martin Sheen, is the star of the hit CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men."