Charlie Sheen has received a message of support from his longtime friend Heather Locklear, after reports that the actor is HIV positive. "My heart hurts. Prayers for Charlie and his family," the American actress wrote on her Instagram account alongside a photograph of the duo pictured together in 2000.
Charlie, 50, is to appear on the Today show on Tuesday when he will take part in an exclusive live interview with Matt Lauer. A press release issued on Monday revealed the actor "will make a revealing personal announcement."
Friends Heather Locklear and Charlie Sheen pictured together in 2013
The hell-raising actor has been open about his relationships with women and has discussed his struggles with drug and alcohol addictions in the past.
His volatile personal life came to a head with a public feud with Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, leading to his departure from the CBS sitcom in 2011.
The son of Hollywood star Martin Sheen has five children – twin boys with ex-wife Brooke Mueller, two daughters with ex-wife Denise Richards, and a 21-year-old daughter with his high school sweetheart Paula Profit. He had no children with his first ex-wife, Donna Peele.
Charlie has spent most of the past year out of the spotlight and has not appeared on TV since his show Anger Management went off the air in 2014, save for a guest appearance on the ABC comedy The Goldbergs in February.
Charlie Sheen has appeared on Two and a Half Men as well as numerous films across his successful career
In 2014 Charlie proposed to adult film star Brett Rossi, but the couple split eight months later.
His acting career began in 1984 when he starred in the film Red Dawn. He would go on to star in such classics as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Wall Street and Major League. At one point he was the highest paid actor on TV, earning a reported $1.8million per episode for his work on Two and a Half Men during the show's eighth season.