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Charlie Sheen's father praises son's courage for HIV announcement

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27:  Actors Charlie Sheen (L) and Martin Sheen present the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series onstage at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on August 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Actors Charlie Sheen (L) and Martin Sheen present the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series onstage at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on August 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)  (2006 Getty Images)

"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."

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