Charlie Sheen’s former assistant, Rick Calamaro, was found dead in his apartment on Sunday, although it appears he may have died days before his body was discovered.
TMZ is reporting that despite the overwhelming evidence at the scene -- including, according to law enforcement officials, "numerous pain medications and an open bottle of alcohol" -- the cause of death has yet to be determined.
Calamaro, a former club promoter and former employee of Sheen, is rumored to have supplied the actor with drugs over the years and been present during some of his legendary binges.
Celebuzz - who broke the story - is calling Calamaro, not only a former employee of Charlie’s, but his BFF as well.
Sheen released his friend/former assistant from his payroll last November which seems to coincide with Calamaro’s last tweet. On November 19th he said, “@charliesheen ditched me so I'm hanging out with Kato at the samohi charity event..”
Grant it the “ditching” in this case seems to be referring to simply an isolated social engagement, but it's possible that it, being his final tweet, was symbolic of a more widespread elimination.
Though we are glad Sheen came out of this relationship unscathed-- we are obviously saddened to hear of the loss of his one-time friend and assistant.
Our condolences to anyone affected by this tragic and untimely death.