NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 21: Actor Charlie Sheen attends Meghan Trainor's performance on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Plaza on June 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Charlie Sheen has defended a tweet in which he expressed hope that Donald Trump will be the next celebrity death.

The actor, 51, posted a message about the US President-elect saying “Dear God, Trump next please!” shortly after the death of actress Debbie Reynolds.

He also included an emoji of a middle finger.

Sheen was criticised by Twitter users including @Lenyanw, who said: “Wishing his death? really? how low can you people be?”

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Image Caption:Sheen’s original tweet about Donald Trump

Other Twitter users seemed to support him, with @WeirdNerd42 saying: “That would balance things out quite nicely.”

After US media reported Sheen’s tweet, the former Two and a Half Men star posted a second message defending his comments.

He wrote: “The media’s reaction to last night’s tweet is inanely emblematic of the panoramic timorousness draped vastly and wantonly across any and all expressions of hope or joy that we now dare to publish or impart.

“Oh and by the way, I was talking to God, not you.”

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Image Caption:Sheen then posted a follow-up tweet where he defended his comments

Sheen, who revealed last year he was HIV positive, said in June he would support Mr Trump if he was elected.

He said: “I think people just responded to something different, something fresh, something maverick, something innovative on some level.

“If he gets in I’ve got to support him and hope he does the best job he can, and if he doesn’t, then man – that was a hell of a run.”

In recent years, Sheen has made headlines for his off-screen antics including a series of rambling public appearances in 2011 in which he declared he possessed “tiger blood” and “Adonis DNA”.