Months after Charlie Sheen OD'd on coke back in 1998, Whoopi Goldberg sent him a note containing heartfelt words of support ... and a REALLY bad joke -- and TMZ has obtained the original letter.
The letter is postmarked February 1999 -- less than a year after Charlie famously overdosed by injecting himself with cocaine -- and it references the actor's post-rehab "20/20" interview, in which Charlie claimed to be off the drug.
Whoopi -- who has publicly discussed her own battle with substance abuse -- writes, "Saw your interview on '20/20.' I'm so glad your path is clearer. Having lived on that path for many years, it's good to know that you've gone in another direction."
And now for the bad joke -- Whoopi continues, "I'm keeping my fingers, eyes and butt (because it's big enough now) crossed for your success."
Unfortunately, it seems Whoopi's words fell upon deaf ears.
Long Lost Whoopi Letter:
Quit the Coke
3/19/2011 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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