Charlie Sheen's character on Two and a Half Men will suffer a sudden death on or before the show's September season premiere, TMZ reported today.

Exactly how Charlie Harper will meet his maker has not yet been determined, but producers are kicking around scenarios, one which involves Harper driving his car off a cliff.

Show producers had previously announced that Ashton Kutcher would be replacing the troubled Sheen as the star of the show, but not that he would be taking over the character of Charlie Harper. The TMZ report speculates Kutcher's character may buy the dead Charlie's house.

Two and A Half Men is the most-watched comedy on U.S. television with about 15 million regular viewers: It has been a lucrative source of advertising revenue for CBS, and syndication fees for Warner Bros. Television. Lorre has had a long and successful producing career, having worked on hit shows such as Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, Dharma & Greg, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly, in addition to Two and a Half Men.

Lorre expressed his relief that the show would go on in a May statement, accompanying the announcement that Sheen would be replaced by Kutcher: We are so lucky to have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our family. Added to that is the deep sigh of relief knowing that our family stays together. If I was any happier, it'd be illegal.