NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – "The West Wing" actor Martin Sheen says he wishes he had the courage of his son Charlie Sheen, who has revealed he's HIV-positive.
Sheen spoke Tuesday during an event at The Ritz-Carlton resort in Naples, Florida, hours after his son's appearance on NBC's "Today."
According to the Naples Daily News, Sheen said his 50-year-old son had been working up to the announcement for months with his family's encouragement.
Sheen said that as he watched his son reveal "his deepest, darkest secret, I couldn't believe the level of courage I was witnessing, and that it was my son."
Sheen encouraged support for people struggling with drug and alcohol addictions.
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He said he hoped the announcement was "the first day of the rest of Charlie's life as a free man."