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Chaz Bono

The Report of My Death

Is Greatly Exaggerated

11/4/2011 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chaz Bono is pissed off at the National Enquirer for running a story that predicts he will DIE in 4 years -- claiming the whole thing's a "smear campaign" that's "blatantly false" ...  TMZ has learned.

The "story" is plastered right on the cover of the Nov. 11 issue with a headline that screams, "Chaz Bono -- ONLY 4 YEARS TO LIVE."

The article cites "expert" opinions from a guy named Dr. Patrick Wanis, who claims Chaz's weight combined with the stress and various medications associated with his gender reassignment "increase Chaz's risk of an early death." The Enquirer says Wanis predicts Chaz will likely die by 2015.

But Chaz claims the whole thing is a steaming pile of crap -- and his legal team fired off a letter to the Enquirer demanding they print a retraction and issue a public apology ASAP.

In the letter, Chaz's lawyer calls the story, "blatantly false and defamatory" -- adding, "The salacious and inflammatory headline and article were crafted for the malicious purpose of discriminating against our client's gender and sexual orientation."

"Further, the statements you attribute to Dr. Patrick Wanis and your depiction of him as a medical doctor specializing in transgender health issues are highly misleading and blatantly false."

Chaz's lawyer says if the Enquirer does not retract the story, Chaz will sue.


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Sonya in Tx    

Chaz had to have a sex change operation to get a little of the fame Cher has.

She is a joke.

1084 days ago

Cheryl A.    

The Enquirer could be right. It seems reasonable that HER weight, medications and the stress of PRETENDING to be a man could lead to something deadly. Chaz, you are NOT a star, just the effed up kid of a former star. Get a job a Lowe's or something. You are NOT show biz oriented.

1084 days ago


Poor Sonny.

1084 days ago


Wow. What a horrible story for them to put up. Sadly they will write anything to sell that rag.

1084 days ago

Different Rules Apply    

Chaz has put himself in the living room of America... he has asked for this attention albeit in the name of helping "other kids like me". You cannot do something as drastic as a sex change in the face of the public and not expect backlash. I hope he can handle all the pressure that he has brought on himself. Good luck with that.

1084 days ago


I don't care if this story is true or not. It's the freaking Enquirer ! Nobody cares what they print. Almost every celebrity has had their picture published on the cover with something like "So and So is on their deathbed".

Why bother with this nonsense. Besides nobody cares about Chaz, its not like this story is going go hurt it/him/her.

1084 days ago


I'm so tired of listening to this fat assed tubby girl, I just wish she'd shut the F up and GO AWAY. Do something about your fat ass then, she was the only person to actually GAIN WEIGHT on DWTS. First off it's the NE who believes anything they read in the NE you moron AND you probably WILL die of a heart attack because you're fat and out of shape to the enth degree.

1084 days ago


Who would u do Chaz or Kevin Fenderline?
1 for Chaz!

1084 days ago

your own luck    

Considering Chaz's weight, the National Enquirer might be wrong. He/she could die sooner than 4 years. Why doesn't Chaz quit trying soooo hard to be famous and put some effort into losing about 100 pounds.

1084 days ago

Jay W.     

What kind of publicity does she/he think they're going to sling?

1084 days ago


Hey, they said that about Steve Jobs too...whoops

1084 days ago


You wanted to be in the news and head lines with your damn freak show now live with it. From the looks of you , your pushing 300 pounds doesn't take a doctor to say you might drop dead from a heart attack. You are huge!! You will do any thing to stay in the news even with this type of garbage. with out your mom we wouldn't even read the crap you pu***** in out face's. Get a job, do something useful.Go to a gym.

1084 days ago


well we can always hope cant we.

1084 days ago


you guys are the trash! putting people down because they are different! Screw you, what makes you better! Nothing because your one deserves to be treated like that regardless. he/she that's just childish, stop breeding hate a-holes!

1084 days ago


Damn! So much for wishful thinking.

1084 days ago
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