Los Angeles: Charlie Sheen`s ‘Two and A Half Men’ character will not only be killed off, he will be given a funeral when the TV series returns in September, according to entertainment industry Web site Deadline Hollywood.
The screen demise of Sheen -- whose role on the TV comedy made him the highest-paid actor in Hollywood -- follows his firing from the show after a vicious public spat earlier this year with ‘Two and A Half Men’ co-creator and producer Chuck Lorre.
Now Lorre appears set to exact revenge when the comedy returns with new star Ashton Kutcher in what Deadline Hollywood said is a secrecy-shrouded two-part season premiere that will be filmed later this week.
Broadcaster CBS and program makers Warner Bros. Television declined to comment on the report.
Sheen`s womanizing bachelor character Charlie Harper -- said to be a close version of himself -- helped to make ‘Two and A Half Men’ the most-watched comedy on U.S. television.
But Deadline Hollywood said Harper would die and his Malibu beachfront house would be put up for sale in a two-part season opener, allowing Kutcher`s character to be introduced as a potential buyer.
Sheen was fired from the show in March after insulting Lorre in a bizarre series of interviews that followed months of drug and drink-fueled partying and repeated spells in rehab.
Kutcher, the creator of TV series ‘Punk`d’ and the husband of actress Demi Moore, was hired in May as a new character on the series.
Sheen has since signed a deal for a new TV series called ‘Anger Management,’ but the show has not yet been picked up by any U.S. television networks.