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Charlie Sheen's Dad: His Disease Is Like a Cancer

2/23/2011 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Sheen's father, Martin Sheen, says his son has a problem -- and it's as bad as cancer.

"He's an extraordinary man," Martin says of his son to Sky News, "He's doing well, we pray for him. If he had cancer, how would you treat him? This disease of addiction is a form of cancer. You have to have an equal measure of concern and love and lift him up."

Charlie himself doesn't appear too worried -- he was spotted on a yacht date with two "goddesses" Monday night.


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@28 happilywed I guess these people forgot how a lot of people get cancer. I hope they read what you wrote.

1341 days ago


Oh enough already! Martin Sheen is not saying addiction is the same thing as cancer. He's saying that addiction is a disease, which it is. And if your child had a disease, you'd try to help him, no matter what the disease. He didn't say, let's hold a telethon for poor Charlie. He's saying he's not going to write off his son because of his addiction. What's wrong with that?

All this righteous indignation is ridiculous! Get over yourselves........ and BTW, my mother died of cancer so don't even go there.

1341 days ago


I guess he should have said, "like a cancer" and he would have avoided offending so many people.

Call it a disease. Because it is. But dont call it MS or Lou Gehrigs or cancer when its addiction.

1341 days ago


come on people, he his just saying what anyone with a son like that would say. He's worried its his son for god sake. You people are ignorant!

1341 days ago


Watch out Charlie....Emelio is looking way better than you now.

1341 days ago


Charlie's disease is selfishness to the maximum degree. End of.

1341 days ago


Emilio looks GREAT!

1341 days ago

Physical Graffiti    

Is he for real?! It's not a's a self-indulgent bad habit of medicating yourself to deal with your emotions. Cancer patients can't pick up and put down their disease whenever they feel like it.

1341 days ago


Martin is not helping anything by making stupid excuses for his son's actions. In reality he's making things worse.

1341 days ago


As a cancer survivor AND someone who has overcome addiction I am offended at Mr. Sheen's choice of words in his obvious state of denial he is in. Martin is an enabler who does not want to face the fact that his son is no different from a street junkie.

1341 days ago


These comments are a part of the problem with this disease, no one, including Charlie himself, treats it like the terrible disease it is. Granted, his handlers need to step up more, because with his resources, he can compensate far more than most people with such an advanced stage of addiction as he has. I am not saying he should not be held culpable, just that he really does need help for mental illness and addiction. He really is an amazing man with incredible talent, but he needs to get his demons under control, as they have been controlling him for too long.

1341 days ago


#54...neither can an addict!!!

1341 days ago


OMG as a 2x cancer survivor I'm so offended by this! There is no comparison whatsoever!

1341 days ago

The Truth    

Martin Sheen feels guilty because he sexually abused charlie when Charlie was young and Martin was still getting loaded, Charlie told me and other people this many times.

1341 days ago


Does Charlie Sheen have a mother somewhere? I never see her, hear from her or even know if one exists. Anybody know anything about who she is, where she is, if she exists? Curious.

1341 days ago
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